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Work in the third season on Piano del Tesoro was directed primarily towards uncovering the western flank of the plateau just inside the agger.  Two main areas were excavated: complex 5, south of 1 and north of 2, and complex 6, south of 2.

In complex 5, the wall found the year before developed into a rectangular structure approximately 6.5 x 7.5 m and oriented along the same axis as the large building in complex 1.  The manner of construction, however, was a single or double line of large stones.

Immediately north were two dump pits, and within the building a third, which contained fragments of horserace frieze and lateral sima.  Large sections of frieze were recovered, with at least 26 plaques represented.

But below the section of the wall, between the inner and outer dumps, a deposit of tiles was uncovered which had been used as a foundation.  Possibly these tiles are from the same level as that which lies under the building in complex 1, but in view of the large amounts of bedrock around the building it seems more likely that the small building is later than the large one.  However,

there is no firm dating evidence, and nothing to indicate the character of the building.  Other material consisted of tiles, and a head, wing, and paw from a griffin akroterion.

In complex 6, a long test trench was begun from the southern end of the plateau.  The presence of soil and finds down to 1.65 m and sloping upward and north indicated that the southern 25 meters of the plateau is a fill or extension made contemporaneously with the agger or after it.

A wider trench excavated from the southern end of the original plateau north to complex 2 disclosed walls of another large building which seemed to merge with the stones in 2.  However, this building could not be completed in the present season.  Finds were very scarce - a gorgon, a waterspout, a few small pieces of frieze, and less tile than in other areas of Tesoro.

Also noteworthy was the fact that a small fragment of campstool frieze from T6A was found to join with a piece from Civitate A2 ( 19680310

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Timothy Gantz. "TG III (1968-08-10):63-64; Final Summary from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 1 Test 9/1968, ID:379". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <http://opencontext.org/documents/38a98298-e2c8-4c8f-af35-af78e53cd6dd>

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