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June 29, 2004


This morning we completed 3 pick-passes in the extension area.  In the second pick-pass, a set of rocks was exposed; these may connect to the rock pile in the original trench.  The fall extends diagonally from the SW corner to the NE corner.  We further defined the rocks, levelled the trench (extension area) and trimmed baulk walls.  We worked down to Locus 2, but have not yet declared Locus 3.  We have closely followed the stratigraphy of the west baulk wall.

We worked on the eastern part of the trench.  Two pick-passes were completed.  Some plaster (yellow, orange, and pink) was noted, however a higher amount was found in the afternoon.  The western section of the original trench will not be worked on until we have a better understanduing of the rock patch.


In the extension area, we completed 1 pick-pass.  We worked to level the trench to the bottom of Locus 2 and we also trimmed baulk walls.  We will declare a new locus, Locus 3, tomorrow (Wednesday) morning.  We also defined the rocks in the rock patch.  The soil (in the extension area) maintained its light gray color.  Towards the end of the day, we reached galestra-like soil in some spots.  The day closed with 1 cassetta of bulk terracotta; 1 pithos fragment; 36 pieces of pottery; and 1 bone (tooth) in Locus 2 of the extension area.

Closing elevations for Locus 2, extension area:

  • NW corner: 100.5 cm b.d
  • NE cornner: 109.0 cm b.d.
  • SE corner: 117.5 cm b.d
  • SW corner: 106.5 cm b.d.

The eastern part of the original trench had one more complete pick-pass.  Larger deposits of carbon and plaster were noted.  We declared a new locus, Locus 4, after

studying the soil.  The soil is yellowish-brown and sandy and breaks easily into small particles.  There are some patches of galestra-like soil, found near the stumps and walls.  Opening eleavations for Locus 4 were taken (of the eastern part of the trench only):

  • NW corner*: 126.0 cm b.d.
  • NE corner: 125.0 cm b.d.
  • SE corner: 123.0 cm b.d.
  • SW corner: 130.5 cm b.d.

*Corners are those of the eastern part of the original trench, not the corners of the whole original trench.

Pictures of Locus 4 will be taken tomorrow (Wednesay).  The western part of the trench remains in Locus 3 because it cannot be worked on due to the rock patch.

For Locus 4 of the eastern part of the trench, the day ended with 1 1/4 cassette of bulk terracotta; 12 pieces of pottery; and 2 bone fragments.

For Locus 3 of the eastern part, which was closed (in the eastern part only), the day closed with 1 cassetta of bulk terracotta; 26 pieces of pottery; and 1 piece of bone (tooth).

Closing elevations for Locus 4 in the eastern part of the trench:

  • NW corner: 125.0 cm b.d.
  • NE corner: 129.0 cm b.d.
  • SE corner: 124.0 cm b.d.
  • SW corner: 130.5 cm b.d.

There were no finds today in any of the loci.

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Stephanie Blue, Karen G. Mower. "SDB/KGM I (2004-06-29):51-58; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 37A/2004, ID:539/Locus 3". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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