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Tuesday, 11/07/2006


Work began with a pick pass beginning in the western part of the trench and moving east.  In the northwest corner of the trench, a dark, purple, highly burnt soil began to appear.  A second pick pass was made and at this time, a darker, clay-like, olive-green, slightly mottled soil began to appear throughout Locus 1 .  It seems that the purple, burnt soil is limited only to the northwest corner and will not be declared as a new locus.  At this time, the trench was scraped down using trowels in order to remove all of the Locus 1 reddish topsoil and fully expose the olive-green, claylike soil lying beneath it.  In the eastern part of the trench, there was no reddish topsoil; instead, once the grass and roots (the humus layer) was removed, the soil was a loose, dark, gray soil and so this area will be declared a separate locus.  Once the reddish topsoil was removed, Locus 1 was closed and Loci 2 and 3 were opened.  Opening elevations and photos were taken.

Locus 2

  • NW corner: 12.57S/1.69W, 57cm a.d.
  • NE corner: 12.23S/0.26E, 38cm a.d.
  • SE corner: 15.80S/1.00E, 27cm a.d.
  • SW corner: 15.50S/0.92W, 47cm a.d.

Locus 3

  • NW corner: 12.23S/0.26E, 38cm a.d.
  • NE corner: 11.92S/1.17E, 30cm a.d.
  • SE corner: 15.25S/1.88E, 18cm a.d.
  • SW corner: 15.80S/1.00E, 27cm a.d.

The soil of Locus 2 is a dark olive brown color, clay-like, and is slightly mottled.  The soil of Locus 3 is a loose, dark, gray-black soil. Locus 2 will be excavated before Locus 3 .

Locus 2 was opened and a pick pass was completed, beginning in the western edge of the trench.  Soil was sorted directly into buckets and the floor was scraped using trowels.


A pick pass was begun in the western part of the locus moving east.  Soil remained olive-green and claylike and was sorted directly into buckets.  During this pick pass, a possible fenestrated vessel fragment was uncovered (Find #1).

Another 2 pick passes were completed in Locus 2 .  After these pick passes, the soil still was olive-green, clay-like, and slightly mottled and there was a mixture of ancient and modern materials.  Furthermore, we seem to be coming down on a high concentration of tiles in the northwest corner of the trench.


  • Find #1
  • Locus 2
  • 14.65S/0.50W
  • 42cm a.d.
  • Possible fragment of a fenestrated vessel, although one side appears to be unfinished.

Locus 1 :

  • Tile: 2 1/2 bowls
  • Pottery:
  • Bone:

Locus 2 :

  • Tile: 5 bowls
  • Pottery:
  • Bone:
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Katharine R. Kreindler. "VT 6 (2006-07-11):16-18; Daily Log from Italy/Vescovado di Murlo/Upper Vescovado/Vescoavdo 6/2006, ID:583/Locus 1". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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