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Introduction

Excavation of T26.1982 resulted in the discovery of a building with large, stone column bases and a clay-like plaster floor.  In addition to the building itself, terracotta heads, akroterion, statue fragments, clay "waster" clumps, ivory fragments, unfired cover tiles, stacked pan tiles, and large pithoi fragments were unearthed.  The present evidence is suggestive of the "workshop" suggested to exist in 1978-1981.  Moreover, the human terracotta heads discovered differ stylistically than those of both the upper + lower buildings.  Consequently, this building may represent a time period intermediate between the two, but most likely it also existed contemporary with the upper building.

Further work in T26 this year has the following goals:

  1. To define the perimeter of the T26 building and to expose the entire building with its floor.

  2. To recover all artefacts associated with the building, particularly the terracotta heads.  These will be helpful, if not essential, in answering the following questions:

    a) What time period does this building belong to?

    b) What function did this building serve?

  3. To determine how and why the building was destroyed.

  4. To determine what form the building took in antiquity so that a reconstruction may be presented.

  5. To carefully protect the building remains following the completion of the excavation.

To this end excavation will begin along the southern flank of T26.1982 ub neters X,Y,Z/62-66 and extend where needed to achieve these goals.

For further discussion see the " " in M.T. Book V, pg. 9.(1982).  Also the 1981 " Introduction " M.T. Book II pg 77 and the 1980 " Introduction " in M.T. Book I pg 1.

Note: Cassette of tile, boxes of pottery, boxes of bone shall be counted as follows: 1=1, 2=II, 3=III, 4=IIII, 5=[5], 6=[6], etc.

One tile casseta measures ~50cm x 30cm x 10cm

One pottery box measures ~10cm x 10cm x 8cm for "strawberry box" and 8 x 9 x 10 cm for "latte" container

Also - It will be important to distinguish where exactly the terracotta heads (human and animal) are coming from in terms of depth:

a) are they right above the "floor" and thus possibly fallen from this building when it was destroyed.

b) are they above the floor on a layer of earth and possibly deposited there from another building

Note that either one of these situations is not proof of the proposals given above.

Note: Generally, work will not be done on the site during the afternoons.

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Suggested Citation

Mark Tobey. "MT VIII (1983-06-03):8-13; Introduction from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1983, ID:116". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <http://opencontext.org/documents/8964d39b-b209-4940-807f-9a311b01df62>

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