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20 July 2011


Excavation was delayed due to overnight rain. Work began at 10:30am with declaring a new locus, Locus 2 . Roots were clipped, the surface was scraped, and opening photos were taken. The opening elevations of the center and the four corners of Locus 2 were measured and are as follows:

NE (0W/31S): 29.72 mAE

NW (3W, 31S): 29.80 mAE

SW (3W, 33S): 29.67 mAE

SE (0W, 33S): 29.75 mAE

Center: 29.70 mAE

Locus 2 is olive green/brown in color and claylike in texture. There is ample organic material i.e. roots present, as well as numerous small rocks. The soil remains slightly mottled in portions, with outcroppings of a brighter yellow soil. A pick pass was completed along the northern half of the trench. Soil was sorted into buckets. Nearly a bowl of a terracotta was found within this meter pass, less pottery. One piece of unglazed medieval pottery found near the western bulk wall. It was placed in the latte box, no elevations or coordinates were done. Additionally, a possible rock

feature is appearing within the northern meter, most noticeably in the 1W-2W, 31S-32S area. Numerous medium sized rocks were struck with the pick yet remain in the soil; an exact formation/ density of these rocks is unknown. Those visible will be defined after the entire trench has been leveled and caution will be given in subsequent pick passes. After sorting through the Locus 2 soil a second pick pass was completed in the western most third of the southern meter. Soil was again sorted. Less terracotta than the previous pass was uncovered, yet similar rocks seem to be present. A light pick pass will be needed over this area to keep the trench level with the first pick pass.


A third pick pass was completed, lightly over the second area picked and with greater depth over the remaining unpicked Locus 2 soil (0W-2W, 32-33S). This pick pass completed the first pick pass of Locus 2 across the entire trench. Near the possible

rock feature uncovered in the northern most meter, additional rocks of similar size are being uncovered. It is apparent that this rock feature extends south, notably into the SW corner. The soil of this pass was sorted into buckets. A second bowl of terracotta was found, as well as additional pottery sherds. Once sorting was completed, the remaining portion of the day was dedicated to trimming the bulk walls and defining the rocks with a trowel in an attempt to fully find the extent of the potential rock feature. More defining will be needed.

Locus 2 Terracotta: 2 and \xbd bowls

Locus 2 Pottery: 44 pieces

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Kelsey E. Hallerman. "KEH I (2011-07-20):25-30; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Civitate B/Civitate B 46/2011, ID:640/Locus 1". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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