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Tuesday, July 12, 2005


A pick pass was done in the western half of the trench.  Because the soil was still damp from weekend rain, it came up in large, easily sortable clumps. Locus 2 was not picked or excavated yet.  This pass turned up a piece of possible gorgon antefix or frieze plaque ( Find # 1 ).

After consulting with Dr. Tony Tuck, it was determined that a road or pathway surface had been encountered.  Pickaxing was abandoned and we began to trowel down to the path surface (to be called Locus 3 ).  This hard packed dirt and rock  was further revealed in the southwest corner. Locus 2 remains unexcavated in favor of reaching the road surface -- and searching for any possible chronological

indicators associated with it.


Trowelling continued, in an attempt to reach the hard surface, concentrating first on the southeast corner.  In the center of the trench, a layer of relatively even, somewhat uniform rocks began to appear.  We continued to trowel and sweep down to this level; surmising that it is a form of road delineation/ paving.  This was continued throughout the afternoon in preparation for photographs.  A few larger pieces of terra cotta were noticed  and left in situ at the same level as the stones.  Due to rain, the exposed stones were covered with tarps and baulks were trimmed. Locus 1 yielded 1.5 bowls of terra cotta today and 65 herds of pottery -- including 2 handles, 1 base, 1 tondo, and 17 rims.

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Jillian M. Harrison. "JMH II (2005-07-12):20-23; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Civitate D/Civitate D 12/2005, ID:564". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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