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Starting the day with a pick pass in the northern half of the trench with a pick axe. We are still in the strong brown silty clay loam topsoil of Locus 1 . Today's goals are to remove the other half of the eastern stump, and to find Locus 2 throughout the trench. Based on the trench to the south of T72, T71, Locus 2 should be a slightly darker, more yellow soil and be more clay like. Removed the loose dirt from the first pick pass with hands and trowel. Followed dirt clean up with defining the other half of the eastern stump to better plan on how to remove the rest, and using the blunt end of the pick axe to get smaller roots throughout the trench.

A cluster of what appears to be large rocks are coming up in the trench, but largely on the eastern side near the stump. Conducted a pick pass in the southern half of the trench. Still looking for the more clay like soil. It seems to be coming up next roots and stumps, but since it is only near roots and stumps the trench needs to be dropped further. Cleared up the dirt from the southeastern half pick pass. Started to notice some darker silty clay soil in the southeastern corner of the trench. Started baulk walling the northern and western walls of trench. The trench is not producing many artifacts at this point. After baulking, flattened the small wall building up between T72 and T71.

Then decided to start working on halving the eastern most stump. Removed another stump half and cleared up the dirt and woodchuck. With almost no time before lunch, started clipping roots throughout the trench and defining the largest stump in the northwest of the trench to better see the root system.


Started the afternoon by removing the eastern most stumps and cleaning up the debris. Did a light pick pass in the northern half of the trench. The pick pass being light is to get dirt loose but to not smash the multitude of rocks and to not blow through the second locus layer without recognizing the start of it. Cleaned up the dirt from the light pick pass.

Preformed a pick pass in the southwest corner of the trench to lower it down to the level of the southeast corner of the trench where the more clay like, yellow brown soil is coming through. Cleaned up the dirt from the earlier pick pass. Moved to the northeast corner of the trench with handpicks and trowels to lower the dirt down from around the rocks and roots to the level of the rest of the trench. Cleared the dirt made. While working in the northeast corner, dirt was also cleared around the southern most stump and leveled between the largest stump and the small, southern most stump. Today concluded with using the larger end of handpicks to chop out roots throughout the trench and to clean up any loose dirt.

We are still in Locus 1 , but just on top of Locus 2 and about to break through. Like yesterday, 30/6/15, no special finds were found. 8 pieces of terra cotta, and 5 pieces of pottery found.

Closing elevations

Northwest: 27.29 mAE

Northeast: 27.26 mAE

Southeast: 27.23 mAE

Southwest: 27.17 mAE

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Paige A. Musselman. "PAM I (2015-07-01):43-52; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 72/2015, ID:689/Locus 1". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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