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Monday, 03/07/2006


A pick pass was made in Locus 4 moving from west to east.  The depth of Locus 4 was approaching the soil change between Loci 1 , 2 and 3 and so this pick pass was done in the hopes of coming down onto the same olive green, clay-like soil of Locus 2 .  During this pick pass, two new soils began to appear; in the western portion of the extension, the olive-green, clay-like soil of Locus 2 was uncovered, while in the eastern end, the dark, black, loose soil of Locus 3 was uncovered.  The floor of the trench was scraped down using trowels in order to fully remove the Locus 4 soil.  Opening photos for Loci 5 and 6 (olive-green clay like soil and dark, black, loose soil, respectively) and elevations were taken.

Locus 5 :

  • NW corner: 36cm a.d.
  • NE corner: 11cm a.d.
  • SE corner: 6cm a.d.
  • SW corner: 39cm a.d.

Locus 6 :

  • NW corner: 11cm a.d.
  • NE corner: 3cm b.d.
  • SE corner: 2cm b.d.
  • SW corner: 6cm a.d.

Locus 4 :

  • Tile: 1 1/2 bowls
  • Pottery: 33 sherds
  • Bone: 21 pieces

At this time, a pick pass of Locus 5 was completed to bring Locus 5 down to the same elevation as Locus 2 .  As both of these loci contain similar materials, including ancient tile and ceramic, modern tile, glass, newly cut bone, and asphalt, and are comprised of the same clay-like, olive green soil, Locus 5 will be extended to comprise all of Locus 2 ; pottery from these two loci will from now on be consolidated and designated as belonging to Locus 5 .  The same will be done for Loci 3 and 6 , ans they are at the same elevation, contain visible pieces of plastic, and are comprised of a dark, loose, black soil.  Although neither Locus 3 nor Locus 6 has yet been excavated, when this occurs, all pottery will be designated as belonging to Locus 6 .

A pick pass was begun in the eastern portion of Locus 5 and dark black soil, like that of Locus 6 , began to appear, and so it was decided to attempt to uncover this soil throughout Locus 5 , as it appears the soil of Locus 6 extends beneath that of Locus 5 .  In order to do so,

a pick pass was begun in the eastern portion of Locus 5 and moved west.  Soil was shovelled into buckets and sorted directly over the dirt dump.  A second pick pass was done before the darker soil began to appear.  In this new, darker soil, visible pieces of plastic were present, as well as large patches of burnt material and asphalt.  It appears that the dark black soil of Locus 6 may just be one of such burnt patches - most of the soil uncovered is a dark brown, slightly mottled soil.  There are still modern materials present, especially asphalt and recently cut bone, but there is noticeably less terracotta tiles and ceramics.  Furthermore, in the NW corner of the trench, a loose, yellow, sandy soil has begun to appear.

However, as the materials from the entire locus are a mixture of ancient and modern materials, a new locus will not be declared here.


Another pick pass was completed in Locus 5 .  At this point, a darker soil like that uncovered in Locus 6 began to appear throughout the trench (except for the NW corner with the yellow soil) and so the floor of the trench was scraped down using trowels to remove all of the olive green, clay-like dirt of Locus 5 .  At this time, the yellow sandy soil of the NW corner became an extremely hard packed, yellow, sterile soil which appears to be a natural deposit and resembles galestra. Locus 6 was extended to the entire trench (with the exception of the NW corner) and is comprised of the dark, somewhat mottled soil containing an abundance of burnt naterial.  The NW corner, with its hard packed, yellow, sterile soil will be declared Locus 7 .  Photos and elevations were taken for both Loci 6 and 7 .

Locus 5 :

  • Tile: 1 bowl
  • Pottery: 46 sherds
  • Bone: 7 pieces

Opening locations and elevations of Locus 6 :

  • NW corner: 7.55N/6.18W; 5cm a.d.
  • NE corner: 8.29N/3.74W; 3cm b.d.
  • SE corner: 6.34N/3.36W; 2cm b.d.
  • SW corner:            ; 5cm b.d.

Opening locations and elevations of Locus 7 :

  • NW corner: 7.65N/6.73W;
  • NE corner: 7.55N/6.18W; 5cm a.d.
  • SE corner: 6.53N/5.85W; 1cm a.d.
  • SW corner: 6.36N/6.30W; 5cm a.d.

A pick pass of Locus 6 was initiated in the western portion of Locus 6 in order to determine if  the hard packed, yellow, Locus 7 soil extends underneath the dark brown, Locus 6 soil.  It appears that the hard packed Locus 7 soil drops steeply, as it has not been exposed beneath Locus 6 .

Locus 6 :

  • Tile: 18 pieces
  • Pottery: 3 sherds
  • Bone: 3 pieces
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Katharine R. Kreindler. "VT 5 (2006-07-03):20-24; Daily Log from Italy/Vescovado di Murlo/Upper Vescovado/Vescovado 5/2006, ID:580/Locus 2". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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