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7 July 2014

7 July 2014


Locus 2 soil still present under the stump and in the meter along the western baulk wall. Hand picks and trowels used to remove this soil which is sorted and removed in buckets. Small concentrations of terra cotta, pottery, and bone recovered. One fragment of possibly diagnostic bone found.

Find 1: Possible Diagnostic Bone Fragment


27.49m A.E.

Locus 2

One bucket sieved, no artifacts recovered. Locus 2 closed and three Loci-- Locus 3 , Locus 4 , and Locus 5 --opened.

Locus 3 is a light brown-yellowish, densely packed, claylike soil. It is heavily included with small stones 5-10cm in length as well as roots. Two partial stumps are located in the northern baulk wall. Opening photographs and elevations taken:

NW Corner: 27.53m A.E. (92E/51S)

NE Corner: 27.65m A.E. (95.57E/51S)

Southernmost point: 27.54m A.E. (95.38E/51.80S)

SW Corner: 27.50m A.E. (92E/51.37S)

Locus 4 is a rock feature included within a light brown-yellowish, loosely packed, deteriorating rock soil. The intact rocks vary in length from 5cm to 40cm. Roots are also present. Opening photographs and elevations taken:

NW Corner: 27.50m A.E. (92E/51.37S)

NE Corner: 27.68m A.E. (96E/51S)

SE Corner: 27.62m A.E. (96E/52.80S)

SW Corner: 27.53m A.E. (92E/51.55S)

Locus 5 is a light brown-yellowish soil. It is a densely packed, claylike soil mottled with sections of loosely packed deteriorating rock. Roots are included within its matrix. Opening photographs and elevations taken:

NW Corner: 27.53m A.E. (92E/51.55S)

NE Corner: 27.62m A.E. (96E/52.80S)

SE Corner: 27.61m A.E. (96E/53S)

SW Corner: 27.45m A.E. (92E/53S)

As Locus 3 , 4 , and 5 declared and opened, T 61 expanded south two meters so that its southern baulk is now T 62's northern baulk.

Excavation begun in Locus 3 using the pick axe to break up the dirt. Soil sorted and cleaned from the trench. Small stones 5-10cm in length removed. Terra cotta and pottery found in medium concentrations. One bucket sieved, no artifacts recovered. Due to the amount of stone and roots from the stumps, it was found that it was

difficult to keep the area level using the pick axe, so hand axes used to keep sectioning down and to maintain a more consistent level. Bone fragments recovered. One bucket sieved, no artifacts found. Second bucket sieved, no artifacts recovered. While leveling down in the central portion of Locus 3 , a possible forno fragment recovered.

Find 2: Possible Forno Rim Fragment


27.51m A.E.

Locus 3

One bucket sieved, one fragment of terra cotta 2cm in length recovered.


In the interest of keeping the entire trench relatively

level, excavation begun in Locus 4 while leveling also continued in Locus 3 which at its deepest is about 20cm. Locus 4 is the rock feature surrounded by the light brown-yellowish loosely packed deteriorating stone level. Rocks from the feature lifted and removed from the trench. Terra cotta and pottery recovered in small concentrations as well as deteriorated fragments of bronze (left in soil).

Find 3: Bronze Fragments


27.49m A.E.

Locus 4

Locus 4 has carbon inclusions 0.5cm in length (no sample taken).

Locus3 leveled off to its lowest elevation. Terra cotta and pottery found in small concentrations and still present in the current floor of the trench. One bucket sieved, no artifacts

recovered. During cleaning beneath the stump, deteriorating fragments of bronze recovered.

Find 4: Bronze Fragments


27.48m A.E.

Locus 3

In Locus 4 , a fragment of slag, broken in excavation, found.

Find 5: Iron Slag Fragment


27.50m A.E.

Locus 4

One bucket from Locus 4 sieved, 1cm fragment of pottery and a two centimeter fragment of bone found. As hand picks used to continue to level Locus 4 to the elevation of Locus 3 , a large fragment of carbon found, broken in excavation. Because it appears only to be root matter, no sample

taken. Fragment of possible diagnostic bone found.

Find 6: Possible Diagnostic Bone Fragment


27.45m A.E.

Locus 4

In the area in which some of the stone feature has been removed a large fragment of terra cotta, possibly a pithos body fragment, included in the soil and a coarseware lid handle removed.



Find 7: Lid Handle Fragment


27.43m A.E.

Locus 4

One bucket from Locus 4 sieved, no artifacts recovered. Roots clipped.

Daily Totals:

Locus 2:

Terra cotta: 5 fragments

Pottery: 7 fragments

Bone: 1 fragment

Locus 3:

Terra cotta: 1/4 bowl

Pottery: 1/3 latte (40 fragments)

Bone: 5 fragments

Locus 3 Sieve Finds:

Terra cotta: 1 fragment

Locus 4:

Terra cotta: 1/2 bowl

Pottery: 1/2 latte (50 fragments)

Bone: 3 fragments

Locus 4 Sieve Finds:

Terra cotta: 1 fragment

Bone: 1 fragment

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Ann Elizabeth Glennie. "AEG VIII (2014-07-07):71-88; 7 July 2014 from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 62/2014, ID:679/Locus 2". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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