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Tuesday, 18/07/2006


Work began this morning by trimming the baulk walls of the trench, using both trowels and baulk hammers.  Allong the west wall, it became apparent that there is a tile spread present and so, once the baulks were trimmed, it was decided to scrape down and level the floor using towels in order to fully expose the tile spread and define the tiles themselves.  While trimming the western baulk wall, a possible piece of pitch (Find #1) was recovered, as well as a possible amphora fragment (Find #2).

Once the baulks were trimmed, the floor was scraped and levelled.  Due to the scraping of the trench floor using trowels, it became apparent that the tile spread along the western wall extends approximately 1m east; there are noticeably less tiles in the eastern half of the trench.  It also seems that the tiles slope down slightly.  The tiles are interred in the same dark, mottled, claylike soil of Locus 5 .  While scraping down and defining tiles, an intact base with a large portion of the wall still attatched was uncovered in situ (Find #3).


Tiles continued to be defined in the afternoon.  The tiles all lie relatively flat, suggesting a possible tile fall.  Once the tiles were adequately defined, Locus 6 was declared open.  Opening photos, elevations, and coordinates were taken.

Locus 6

  • NW corner: 12.57S/1.69W, 31cm a.d.
  • NE corner: 12.60S/0.78W, 21cm a.d.
  • SE corner: 14.80S/0.05W, 14cm a.d.
  • SW corner: 15.50S/0.92W, 9cm a.d.

Locus 6 is comprised of the aforesaid tile spread.  Soil around the tiles remains dark, mottled, and clay-like.  Once the locus was declared open, the tiles began to be lifted.


  • Find #1
  • Baulk Trim (probably Locus 5)
  • 13.90S/1.24W
  • 24cm a.d.
  • Possible piece of pitch, round, black and red surface, approximately 1-2cm in diameter.


  • Find #2
  • Baulk Trim (probably from Locus 5)
  • 13.40S/1.39W
  • 16cm a.d.
  • Possible amphora fragment.  Fine fabric, pale pinkish red, approximately 8-10cm long with ridges on the interior which seem to be conical arcs.


  • Find #3
  • Locus 5
  • 13.70S/0.36W
  • 3cm b.d.
  • Fully preserved impasto base with intact body walls (rim missing though), seems to be overfired, base approximately 10cm in diameter.


  • Find #4: Supplemental find
  • Baulk Trim
  • Between 12.57S/1.69W and 15.50S/0.92W
  • 9-93cm a.d.
  • Creamware handle fragment

Locus 5

  • Tile: 2 bowls
  • Pottery: 35 sherds
  • Bone: 0 pieces

Locus 6

  • Tile: 7 1/2 bowls
  • Pottery: 26 sherds
  • Bone: 0 pieces

Baulk Trim

  • Tile: 1 1/2 bowls
  • Pottery: 81 pieces
  • Bone: 4 pieces
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Katharine R. Kreindler. "VT 6 (2006-07-18):35-37; 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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