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Wednesday, 19/07/2006


Work began by continuing to lift the tiles of the Locus 6 tile spread.  The soil in which the tiles lie is dark, claylike, and mottled and trowels are used in lifting the tiles.  It was decided to track some representative roofing tile fragments in order to better study the roofing system.  This representative sample included pantile flanges (Finds #3, 5, 9) and a covertile fragment (Find #11).  In addition, burnt terracotta (Find #1), a tile with a possible finger impression (Find #2), another tile with a finger impression (Find #4), a black slip handle framgent (Find #6), an incised tile (Find #7), a pantile with a curved edge (Find #8), an unusual piece of terraoctta with 2 finger impressions (Find #10), a terracotta tile fragment with unusual edges (Find #12), an an incised black slip rim sherd (Find #13) were recovered.  In addition, photos were taken of a curved pantile in situ (Find #8), as well as 3 large bricks in situ.

As some of the tiles were lifted, it became apparent that what at first seemed to be bricks are in fact cut stone and that some of the tiles directly surrounding the stones are stacked, one lying flat atop another.  Furthermore, directly south of

the cut stones and tiles a new soil began to appear.  It is a medium, olive brown, hard packed soil.


It was decided to continue to scrape down the surface of the trench, using trowels, in order to expose more of the feature.  In addition, baulk walls were trimmed.  While scraping down the surface of the trench, in the southwest quarter of the trench, a hard packed, clay-like, olive green soil was uncovered.  This claylike soil is bordered on the east by a strip of mortar, which seems to run perpendicularly to the paved tiles.  North of the mortared tiles, more loose tiles were uncovered and these were defined.  Photos were taken.


  • Find #3
  • Locus 6
  • 14.76S/0.87W
  • 13cm a.d.
  • Pantile fragment with attached flange.


  • Find #5
  • Locus 6
  • 14.39S/0.94W
  • 10cm a.d.
  • Diagrnostic, representative pantile flange.  Pantile app. 1-2cm thick while fange 3cm high and 2cm thick.


  • Find #6
  • Locus 6
  • 14.44S/0.98W
  • 14cm a.d.
  • Black slip handle.  Handle approximately 1cm in diameter, 3cm long, body attachment slipped on both sides, app. 2cm big.


  • Find #8
  • Locus 6
  • 13.59S/0.98W
  • 16cm a.d.
  • Large tile with curved finished edge, approximately 30cm large and 2cm thick.


  • Find #9
  • Locus 6
  • 13.88S/0.65W
  • 5cm a.d.
  • Diagnostic, representative flange; pantile 1cm thick, flange 2cm high and 1cm thick.


  • Find #13
  • Locus 6
  • 14.10S/0.62W
  • 2cm a.d.
  • Black slipped pottery rim.


  • Find #14
  • Locus 6
  • 12.78S/0.74W
  • 12cm a.d.
  • Iron chunk, approximately 3-4cm long and wide.

Locus 6

  • Tile: 9 1/2 bowls
  • Pottery: 48 sherds
  • Bone: 2 pieces

Baulk Trim

  • Tile: 1/2 bowl
  • Pottery: 4 sherds
  • Bone: 0 pieces
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Katharine R. Kreindler. "VT 6 (2006-07-19):38-43; Daily Log from Italy/Vescovado di Murlo/Upper Vescovado/Vescoavdo 6/2006, ID:583/Locus 5". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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