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June 27, 2003


The trench was swept and photographed.  Five pictures were taken from different directions.  The final picture focused on the unusual rock that rests in the northwest corner of the trench.  Elevations were taken ( ).

We also took some measurements for artifacts resting on top of the Locus 3 soil.  There were no evident features visible.


We again divided the trench up into 2.5 m by 2.5 m areas to go deeper into the soil.  The northwestern quadrant and the southeastern quadrant were chosen to begin with.  A shallow pick pass revealed that beneath the white flaky layer of soil there was a light yellowish-brown layer mottled with the white soil.  It was decided that the white flaky soil was more of a transitional layer than a seperate locus, as the white soil layer was less than a centimeter thick in some areas, and never exceeded 1 cm in the areas in which we

were working.  The texture of the the yellowish brown soil was identical to the white layer originally designated Locus 3 .  The new soil description for Locus 3 is: white flaky soil with occasional soft rocks, overlaying a layer of mixed white and yellowish-brown soils.


When the trench was excavated deeper, a layer of orange=brown hard soil, filled with quartz and other rocks appeared beneath Locus 3.  It is thought that the layer of yellowish-brown soil mixed with the white soil in Locus 3 is the actual transitional layer between Locus 3 and this new layer.  This orange brown soil is like gylestra, and will be designated Locus 4 .  Very little fragments of terracotta and ceramic came up in Locus 3.  Locus 3 went about 10 cm beneath

Locus 2 before hitting the gylestra-like soil of Locus 4.


Locus 2:

  • 60 pieces of terracotta
  • 4 ceramic fragments
  • 1 piece of plaster

Locus 3:

  • 20 pieces of terracotta (1/3 latte box)
  • 9 ceramic fragments
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Robert Wanner. "RWWI (2003-06-27):64-71; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro South Terrace/Tesoro South Terrace 1/2003, ID:505/Locus 3". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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