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Daily Log 23 July 2014

23 July 2014

The morning began by using trowels and handpicks to lower soil around the remaining tiles and remove them. Pottery, Bone, and tile fragments continue to be found in and around the area of the tile fall. A small fragment of burnt bone (Special Find #1) was found on the eastern baulk wall under the intact flange. In the north of the trench a piece of tile with a possible makers mark (Special Find #2) also close to the intact flange was recovered.

Special Find #1

Burnt Bone

Locus 4

27.92 m.A.E.


Special Find #2

Tile with Possible Makers Mark

Locus 4

27.96 m.A.E.


Handpicks and trowels continue to be used to lower the northern area of the trench to remove the in situ tile. A small piece of vitrified terracotta (Special Find #3) was found among the tile. A piece

of a fenestrated vessel (Special Find #4) as well as 2 fragments of an additional fenestrated vessel (Special Find #5).

Special Find #4

Locus 4

Fenestrated Vessel Fragment + associated piece

28.05 m.A.E.


The trench was troweled in order to remove the compacted soil which resulted from rain. It was decided to declare a new locus because the soil has become lighter with small white inclusions. The tile has been removed, and from the exposed baulk wall it appears that this is the beginning of the Galestra scrapping level. A pickpass was completed working north to south in the 1 st meter of the trench. A small piece of Incised Pottery (Special Find #6) was found during the pickpass.

Locus 5

Locus 5 Opening Elevations:

  • NW- 28.02 m.A.E.
  • NE- 28.03 m.A.E.
  • SE- 27.95 m.A.E.
  • SW- 27.93 m.A.E.

Special Find # 6

Incised Pottery

Locus 5

27.98 m.A.E.


Close to the west wall was a large piece of a frieze plaque (Special Find #7) which may be processional.

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Special Find #7

Frieze Plaque Fragment

Locus 5

27.85 m.A.E.


In the north meter of the trench a bone with cut marks and 2 fragments of a strap handle (Special Find # 8 and Special Find #9).

Special Find #8

Bone with Cut Marks

Locus 5

27.89 m.A.E.


Special Find # 9

Bucchero Strap Handle

Locus 5

27.88 m.A.E.


In the northeastern corner of the trench a small decorated fragment of a bucchero handle (Special Find #10) which preserves a feline like face was found.

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Special Find # 10

Decorated Bucchero

Locus 5

27.94 m.A.E.



A pickpass was completed in the third meter. It was decided to save 2 buckets full of soil in order to use it as samples for testing to better understand the ancient plant life and wood used in the area. A piece of architectural terracotta (Special Find #11) was found in the southern meter of the trench which may preserve traces of paint.

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Special Find #11

Architectural Terracotta

Locus 5

27.86 m.A.E.


The pickpass was cleaned with trowels and handpicks. Soil continues to be sieved every third bucket. It appears that the north layer is begging to become burn layer because of the appearance of charcoal. It was decided to level the trench and improve the baulk walls. The soil in the southern meter of the trench still appears to be part of the galestra leveling scrape. In this leveling a small bronze flake (Special Find #12) and a bronze fragment (Special Find #13) was also found.

Special Find #12

Small Bronze Fragment

Locus 5

27.90 m.A.E.


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Special Find #14

Iron Fragment

Locus 5

27.99 m.A.E.



Closing Totals:

Locus 4 -

  • Terrtacotta- 1 Bowl
  • Pottery- 77 pcs.
  • Bone- 52 pcs.

Locus 5 -

  • Terracotta- 1 bowl and 35 pcs.
  • Pottery- 168 pcs.
  • Bone- 75 pcs.


  • Pottery and Bone- 85 pcs.
  • Terracotta- \xbd Bowl

Closing Elevations:

  • NW- 28.04 m.A.E.
  • NE-27.99 m.A.E.
  • SE- 27.97 m.A.E.
  • SW- 27.96 m.A.E.

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Nora K. Donoghue. "NKD I (2014-07-23):113-126; Daily Log 23 July 2014 from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 67/2014, ID:684/Locus 4". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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