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Wednesday, 26 June, morning

Tile 1.5

Plaster .5

Pottery .5 berry

We bring the trench floor to a fairly uniform 55-60 cm. down from the surface (measured at teh border of O and P) in O-P 86-88.  The floor continues north and east into O-P 87, but dips strongly in both directions.  The soil just over the floor for 5-10 cm. has an even, yellow cast and contains little material, something which became apparent yesterday.  The floor is, in addition, extremely well preserved.  Elsewhere, the soil retains its high concentration of pink, orange, and white material.  In O 87-88 tile concentration intensified with much plaster as well.  O 86-87 continues to yield interesting material, lateral sima (Nos. 1 and 6), plaster (No. 2), possible akroterion (No. 3), and ivory (No. 4), though No. 2 comes from the east, near this level's concentration.  Some warped and burned tile and plaster appear, some bone, and some tiny bronze fragments.  O 87 c. 60 cm. down yields a slingston.  Pottery is scant.


  • Find #3
  • O P 86-87 burn soil
  • c. 50-55 cm. from surface
  • fragment of rounded terracotta piece with incised pattern


  • Find #4
  • O 87 burn soil
  • fragment of ivory roundel with incised chevron pattern

Wednesday, June 26, afternoon

Tile 1.5

Plaster .25

Pottery .5 latte

Following the flor we find that it breaks off after its sharp descent into P 87, but that to the north it levels off, more or less, after its gentler descent into O 87.  The hiatus begins at a depth of about 50 cm.   At the northern edge of O 86/87 it levels off to a depth of c. 60 cm.  The remainder of grids O and the northern half of P 87-88 is cut to a depht of 60-55 cm. and the floor is rediscovered in P 87.  The hiatus, east-west, then measures ca. 48 cm.  Here the floor is somewhat oblique, 55-60 cm. from the surface.  The floor itself is well preserved, and east of the border roughly between 86 and 87 the thin yellow layer gives way to the familiar dark burn soil which seems to intensify toward the east, where plaster tile and small bits of bone occur, as well as some pottery, occ in P 86 the floor is exposed, again well preserved, with some tile and plaster near and even upon it.  In P 88-89 we cut to a dpth of c. 30-40 cm. removing and exposing much tile and a fair amount of plaster.  Also what seems to be a pithos rim, burned grey, left in place.  Burned tile, grey and partially vitrified occurs in O 87 especially.

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L. Ron Lacy. "LRL II (1985-06-26):96-105; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1985, ID:434". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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