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Daily Log Entry for Tuesday, 31 July 2007

TUESDAY, 31 JULY 2007

AM

Work started with a pick pass across the eastern half of Locus 11 and all of Locus 7.  Very little bone, pottery, and terracotta were extracted in comparison to the very large amounts of material that we found last week.  The black ashy soil characteristic of the Orientalizing destruction burn layer seems to be depleted.  The area south of the rock feature is now comprised of a very flakey, light brown soil, excpet for Locus 8, which is still distinct form the rest of the southern floor and is now extremely hard to pick or trowel through.  The flakey, galestra-like soil will be declared Locus 12 which will extend across Locus 7 & 11 and up to the rock/bedrock feature.   We also declared Locus 13 which consists of the bedrock feature in the NE corner and rock packing surrounding Locus 5.  After we took opening photos and elevations we picked twice in Locus 12.  The pick passes did not reveal many finds, but there were enough finds to ascertain that the soil is not yet totally sterile.  We also uncovered several more rocks in the line with the two that were revealed on Monday.

T-45, LOCUS 12 & LOCUS 13 OPENING POINTS AND ELEVATIONS

(see diagram in trenchbook JRV-I on pg 139)

OPENING POINTS:

  • B: 187.21 E, 45.31 S
  • D: 188.62 E, 46.53 S
  • E: 188.52 E, 47.10 S
  • F: 188.13 E, 47.13 S
  • G: 188.06 E, 47.50 S
  • H: 188.14 E, 47.74 S
  • I: 188.75 E, 47.92 S
  • M: 186.73 E, 46.52 S
  • N: 186.47 E, 46.76 S
  • O: 187.18 E, 46.68 S
  • P: 187.83 E, 46.52 S
  • Q: 186.78 E, 45.89 S
  • R: 187.08 E, 45.78 S
  • S: 187.18 E, 45.70 S

OPENING ELEVATIONS: (absolute, in meters)

  • A. 27.04
  • B. 27.11
  • C. 27.37
  • D. 26.96
  • E. 26.83
  • F. 26.82
  • G. 26.80
  • H. 26.84
  • I. 26.97
  • J. 26.93
  • K. 26.92
  • L. 26.92
  • M. 27.00
  • N. 26.92
  • O. 26.94
  • P. 26.96
  • Q. 27.01
  • R. 27.07
  • S. 27.06

They form a line of rocks running from the west to the east and lie about 30 cm south of the packed stone/bedrock feature in the north of the trench.

PM

After lunch we re-examined the soil in between the row of rocks and the stone/bedrock feature; it is not galestra or at all like Locus 12 excpet when the top is baked in the sun.  Whereas the soil to the south of the row of rocks (Locus 12) is light brown and flakey, the soil lying to the north is much darker, more clayey, and even is somewhat mottled.  Instead of letting Locus 12 extend from the south of the packed stone/bedrock feature to the end of the trench, we decided to declare three new loci.  Locus 14 will be the soil lying in between the row of rocks and the packed stone/bedrock feature.  Locus 15 will consist of the row of rocks and Locus 16 will consist of the flakey soil to the south of the row of rocks.  The fact that the packed stone/bedrock feature slopes down into the soil which is different from the rest of the trench and is bordered by a line of stones suggests that the row of stones were set in place to form some sort of channel,

possibly for drainage.

T-45, LOCUS 14, 15, & 16, OPENING POINTS AND ELEVATIONS

(see diagram in trenchbook JRV-I, pg 143)

OPENING POINTS:

  • A. 184.96 E, 46.52 S
  • B. 185.53 E, 46.56 S
  • C. 186.24 E, 46.73 S
  • D. 187.47 E, 46.66 S
  • E. 188.17 E, 46.55 S
  • F. 188.66 E, 46.60 S
  • G. 184.87 E, 46.95 S
  • H. 186.25 E, 46.98 S
  • I. 187.08 E, 47.11 S
  • J. 188.26 E, 47.05 S
  • K. 184.90 E, 47.22 S
  • L. 185.50 E, 47.27 S
  • M. 186.16 E, 47.46 S
  • N. 186.63 E, 47.30 S
  • O. 187.65 E, 47.27 S

OPENING ELEVATIONS: (absolute, in meters)

  • A. 26.85
  • B. 26.84
  • C. 26.88
  • D. 26.91
  • E. 26.94
  • F. 26.95
  • G. 26.80
  • H. 26.86
  • I. 26.85
  • J. 26.80
  • K. 26.80
  • L. 26.78
  • M. 26.79
  • N. 26.86
  • O. 26.80
  • P. 26.84
  • Q. 26.92

After we decided that Locus 14 is probably a filled channel we began to pick and excavate it.  The soil is a medium brown clay with some white inclusions.  The channel contains some pottery & terracotta, but not in very large numbers.  In some places, rocks seem to have fallen into the channel, this occurs just south of the SE corner of the roped-off stone feature and about one meter west of the east boundary of the trench.  Work also continued throughout the afternoon in Locus 5, whose soil still is different from the rest of the trench and does not contain very many finds.

MATERIAL YIELDED:

Locus 5:

  • 1/10 Bowl Terracotta
  • 3 pcs. Pottery
  • 16 pcs. Bone (2 Burnt)

Locus 7:

  • 1/2 Bowl Terracotta
  • 1/6 Latte Box Pottery
  • 4 pcs. Bone

Locus 8:

  • 1/3 Bowl Terracotta
  • 4 pcs. Pottery
  • 6 pcs. Bone

Locus 11:

  • 7 pcs. Terracotta (less than 1/10 Bowl)
  • 2 pcs. Pottery
  • 1 pc. Bone

Locus 12:

  • 2/3 Bowl Terracotta
  • 1/2 Latte Box Pottery
  • 12 pcs. Bone

Locus 14:

  • 1/5 Bowl Terracotta
  • 1/3 Latte Box Pottery
  • 10 pcs. Bone

Baulk Trim:

  • 3/4 Bowl Terracotta
  • 2/3 Latte Box Pottery
  • 1/3 Latte Box Bone
  • 2 pcs. Bulk Bronze

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Joseph R. Vansuch. "JRV I (2007-07-31):137-146; Daily Log Entry for Tuesday, 31 July 2007 from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 45/2007, ID:584/Locus 5". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <http://opencontext.org/documents/29a10748-7c3c-4bcd-863c-0ad9795c041d>

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