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Thursday, 29/06/2006


Began the day by starting a pick pass in the western half of the trench.  However, a new, hard packed, clay-like, olive green soil began to appear and so it was decided to scrape down the eastern portion of the trench, in an attempt to discover the extent of this new soil.  While doing so, the new soily extended approximately throughout 3/4 of the trench; at the eastern end, a series of large rocks were uncovered and east of these rocks, a darker, blacker, looser soil was uncovered.

Locus 1 :

  • Tile: 30 pieces
  • Pottery: 24 sherds
  • Bone: 13 pieces

After all the lighter brown, looser topsoil was removed, the baulk walls were trimmed in preparation for the closing of Locus 1 and the opening of Loci 2 (olive-green, clay-like soil) and 3 (dark, black soil).

Baulk Trim:

  • Tile: 1/2 bowl
  • Pottery: 24 sherds
  • Bone: 3 pieces

Opening photos for Loci 2 and 3 were taken and opening elevations using the transit were taken.

Locus 2 :

  • NW corner: 57cm a.d.
  • NE corner: 8cm a.d.
  • Center: 35 cm a.d.
  • SE corner: 1cm b.d.
  • SW corner: 65cm a.d.

Locus 3 :

  • NW corner: 8cm a.d.
  • NE corner: 10cm a.d.
  • SE corner: 1cm a.d.
  • SW corner: 4cm a.d.

Loci 2 and 3 were both declared open and a pick pass was begun in Locus 2 .  Soil was loosened with the pick and sorted directly into buckets.  Ancient and modern materials were found mixed together, indicating that Locus 2 is another fill stratum.  During this pick pass, a piece of overfired, purple terracotta was uncovered (Find #1) and points were taken.


  • Find #1
  • 6.26N/4.75W
  • 17cm a.d.
  • Locus 2
  • Overfired terracotta which has turned purple, approximately 15x20cm large, with fresh breaks.


In the afternoon, the floor of the trench was scraped down using trowels and then the baulk walls were trimmed.  Once the walls were trimmed, a pick pass was done again in Locus 2 .

Locus 2 :

  • Tile: 3 bowls
  • Pottery: 140 sherds
  • Bone: 40 pieces

Baulk Trim:

  • Tile: 1/2 bowl
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Katharine R. Kreindler. "VT 5 (2006-06-29):14-16; Daily Log from Italy/Vescovado di Murlo/Upper Vescovado/Vescovado 5/2006, ID:580/Locus 1". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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