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July 9, 1997, Wednesday


The surface of locus 15 was leveled off. The ending depths for locus 15 are: NW=57, SW=59, NE=40 (measured on rock), SE=62, middle=59.

The rest of locus 14, the south \xbd of N5W14-13, was picked out and leveled to the ground surface of locus 15. (Only the west half of locus 14, which is meter N5W14, was picked out. The east half, meter N5W13 is very densely packed with small rocks making it very difficult to pick through.)

The surface of the rock formation was then cleaned and photographed, both black and white film and color slides, and drawn. Although galestra surrounds this feature and is not producing any material, the soil inside the formation is clearly rich in archaeological


In locus 15, 1 impasto fragment, 1 coarseware fragment(broken in 3 pieces) and 1 piece of bone were found. They did not come from the galestra soil type but instead from around the rock formation within which lies the dark grayish brown soil type. (Munselled yesterday as 2.5y 4/2).

In locus 14, 2 pieces of impasto fragments and one piece of coarseware were found. All small and worn. (1-2 cm).

It is still uncertain as to what the feature is. The large stone lying on its side, seemingly resting against smaller ones, has an unusual shape. It is quite large and flat. Perhaps it is a capping meant to go over the feature.

The rock formation/feature will be assigned

a new locus number, locus 16. The opening depths for locus 16, which is within locus 15, are as follows: middle=56 cm b.d. (The closing for the day is 74 cm b.d.)

The closing depths for locus 14 are as follows: NW = 55 cm b.d., SW = 56, NE = 53, SE = 54 and middle = 57.


A detailed plan of locus 15, N3-4, W13-14 was drawn. Meter N4W13, where the circular formation of rocks appears, and where the concentration of archaeological material occurs, will be assigned a new locus number, 16. This area will be excavated separately.

Most large rocks lying on the surface were re moved. The soil within this feature is extremely moist and clayish, dark grayish brown. At a closing depth of 72 cm b.d., there is still a concentration of material appearing on the surface. No carbon was present but the soil is very discolored from roots. There are small spots of gray and yellow clay patches.

There were 14 pieces of coarseware (2 of which (22-2 cm)

are broken into 2 pieces), 3 pieces of impasto, one of which is a rim (3-2 cm), 1 piece of orangeware, and 2 pieces of bucchero. In addition, 4 pieces of bone were recovered. The bucchero pieces were very worn (1 cm).

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Lena Sisco. "LS I (1997-07-09):110-119; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Civitate A/Civitate A 42/1998, ID:359". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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