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19 July 2016

19 July 2016

A pickpass was completed in the area east of the large rock found on Friday. The dense brown clay continues to be removed, and appears to be more loosely compacted between the linear rock feature of Locus 2 and the feature of stones in Locus 3 . The pickpass began to reveal clay with a greater number of decaying yellow and green rock, similar to the soil exposed west of the wall. While sorting a small fragment of burnt bone was found (special find #1), as well as 3 associated fragments of slipped pottery (special find #2).

Special find #1

Burnt Bone

Locus 3

304.37 ma sl

20.96m west

2.07m south

Special find #2

Slipped pottery

Locus 3

304.39 ma sl

21.27m west

2.01m south

An additional pickpass was done extending west from the the rocks in Locus 3 to the eastern extent of the trench. The soil remains a brown clay but a brown red clay is present in the east of Locus 3 and Locus 4 . A small loose rock was removed from Locus 3 . In order to better understand the rock feature in Locus 3 it was decided to lower the level of Locus 4 to the level of Locus 3 . A pickpass was done in the western extent of Locus 4 revealing dense decaying brown, yellow, and green rock in the western ca. 40cm of the trench, and under the green and yellow decaying rock a brown clay was revealed, similar to that of Locus 3 . A large amount of pottery and tile has been revealed in the clay layer. A large rock (ca. 22x24cm) was revealed in the west of the trench. A tile, possibly modern, was found resting on the eastern half of the rock. An additional pickpass was done moving east in Locus 4 . 3 large rocks were removed from Locus 4 , and pockets of blue clay from Locus 4 was found underneath. Modern material, such as plastic and tarmac, has also been found in

the pickpass. Pottery such as coarseware and impasto continue to be found. A piece of medieval pottery was also found in the pickpass. A piece of pottery with two grooves was found in two associated fragments (special find #3) in locus 3 where rocks were being defined on the border with locus 2 .

Special Find #3

Grooved pottery

Locus 3

Elevation: 304.40 ma sl

21.17m west

2.38m south


A pickpass was done in the east of the trench. The decaying green and yellow rock layer continues to be removed and revealing brown clay. Tile, some modern and most worn ancient tile, as well as pottery continue to be found. A pickpass was completed in the eastern

half of locus 4 . This was done to continue to remove the green and yellow decaying rock layer. Tile and a small amount of pottery continue to be found. A piece of unusual terracotta (special find #4) was also found.

Special Find #4

Unusual terracotta

Locus 4

Elevation: 304.56 ma sl

21.10m west

1.20m south

Picking began in the easternmost extent of locus 3 to remove the layer of red brown soil to reveal the medium brown clay underneath. Medium amounts of tile are being found, as well as multiple sherds of coarseware. 1 piece of impasto was also been found. A piece of tile with

a fingermark (special find #5) was found in this pickpass as well.

Special Find #5

Tile with fingermark

Locus 3

Elevation: 304.55 ma sl

20.33m west

1.49m south

Medium amounts of mica have been found on/near the eastern half of the northern baulk wall. Another pickpass was completed in the eastern extent of locus 3 . Small amounts of charcoal are being found, as well as more fragments of coarseware and impasto. Plaster is being found as well.

Closing Totals:

Locus 3 :

Terracotta 1 full bowl

Pottery 51pcs.

Bone 24pcs.

Locus 4 :

Terracotta 1 + \xbc bowls

Pottery 61 pcs.

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Nora K. Donoghue. "VT 13 (2016-07-19):81-92; 19 July 2016 from Italy/Vescovado di Murlo/Upper Vescovado/Vescovado 13/2016, ID:723/Locus 2". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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