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Began the day by laying out a trench on the mastergrid at the coordinates:

· NE: 8E/2S

· NW: 4E/2S

· SW: 4E/5S

· SE: 8E/5S

We are now raking the trench and clipping away all of the low lying organic debris in preparation to open the trench for excavation.

Diagram of Trench

A datum was established at 30.40m on a tree directly to the east of the trench.

Photos and Elevations taken for Locus 1

· NE – 29.36m

· NW – 29.39m

· SW – 29.46m

· SE – 29.43m

· Center 6E/3.5S – 29.40m



Locus 1 will now be declared across the entire area of the trench. Locus 1 is the top soil/humus layer and contains a dark brown grayish soil and contains a large amount of organic debris including roots and some leaves. This locus also contains some small rocks up to fist sized and worn bits of terracotta. There appear to be two out croppings of bedrock in the northern area of the trench.

We have begun excavation in locus 1 with a pick pass in the eastern most meter of the locus. The soil contains a few worn pieces of terracotta. A lighter brown more claylike soil is beginning to appear in the area of the pick pass. We will now continue with pick passes to the west in order to find the extent of this soil.


Continuing with pick passes to the west in order to find the extent of the new soil. More small stones from about 3-5 cm are appearing in the soil. We are continuing to uncover the new soil across the rest of the trench. The western half of the trench contains a good deal more roots because of the stump system located in that area.



It appears that the new soil extends across the whole trench so we will now clean up the trench by clipping the roots and trimming the baulks in preparation to declare a new locus tomorrow.

Daily Totals

· Locus 1 – 1/8 bowl terracotta

· Locus 1 – 2 sherds pottery


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Christopher B. O Connor. "CO V (2010-07-01):11-16; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Civitate A/Civitate A 63/2010, ID:619/Locus 1". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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