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July 26, 1982


Tile: 12

Pottery: 11

The 30 cm cut was continued eastward through meters R,S,T-70-73, thus bringing the entire extension to a depth of c. 30 cm.  One cassetta of pithos was found, but was not recorded with the tile cassette.  The soil remained as previously described- light red brown with plaster and tile.

The area excavated with dental tools, R-74 at c. 40-45 cm, was brushed and drawn.  Further excavation with dental tools will not be continued.  It has been determined that the concentration of ivory guilloche fragments in this area is random and probably not due to the presence of a piece of furniture for the following reasons:

1- The pieces are intermixed with tile, stone, pottery, and plaster.  The tile is just small random fragments and not whole tiles.

2- Though at least 4 of the pieces are in a relatively straight line, these pieces are broken fragments (which do not join) and there is a substantial void area between them.  If these inlays were part of a piece of discarded furniture (table leg, etc.) one would expect to also find the ivory fragments that would be inlayed between the pieces excavated.

The area in R-74 excavated with dental tools will be photographed and then the area brought to floor level with pick.  Note that above the stone in R-74,75 at c. 50-60 cm there is a great deal of plaster like material. This seems to be true of the soil at the same depth in meter P,Q-76 also.  Meters Q-75-74 were picked to c. 60 cm and the soil gone through slowly.  The soil appeared mainly light with a great deal of plaster and some tile.

Meters M,N,O-77-79 were taken down c. 10 cm with pick and shovel.  A number of stones appeared at c. 80 cm in O-79-78 and were left in place.  In O,N-77 and in M,N-79,78 there was a great deal of plaster encountered which was removed.  Work changed to hammers in order to define the extent of the stones and detect the presence of large tiles, such as the ones uncovered in M-80-81.  Large tiles began to be uncovered in M-79 at c. 85 cm.  Work changed to bringing down the bulk between meters M,N,O-79/80 after Gary Dunham had drawn the section.  The topsoil of the bulk was removed.

A new cut to c. 60 cm was begun in R,S,T-65,66.






Work was confined to the magazino this afternoon.

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Mark Tobey. "MT VI (1982-07-26):186-197; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1982, ID:112". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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