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Friday, July19 2013

AM

Work began by working in both Locus 3 and Locus 4 . First, a light pick pass was made of the entirety of Locus 4 , avoiding all rocks. Soil is olive brown in color with some limestone inclusions and charcoal fragments and is fairly claylike in texture; some patches of gray, chalky soil are scattered throughout the locus, especially around the slightly curving rock feature, although there are noticeably fewer patches than in Locus 3 . While picking, a possible ridgepole tile fragment (Find #1) was recovered. Once picking was completed, soil was sorted by hand directly into buckets, with one in three buckets dry sieved. While sorting, a fragment of vitrified terracotta (Find #2) was found, as well as two flakes of bronze, which will be bulk found for the locus. High quantities of pottery and bone and a fair amount of tile were found in this pick pass; the amount is noticeably more than in Locus 3 . Simultaneously, work continued in Locus 3 . Hand picks and trowels were used to excavate this locus, in order to better define any rocks and to bring the elevation of the locus down to that of the sounding conducted in CA 70 in 2012 that is adjacent to the N wall of CA 83; in this sounding, excavators came down on a hard packed soil that may be a floor surface associated with the linear rock features found in 2012 and hopefully this will be confirmed by CA 83.

Soil is primarily olive brown and claylike, with frequent patches of grayish, chalky soil. Soil is hand sorted directly into buckets and 1 in 3 buckets are dry sieved. Very little tile or pottery was found in the locus but an iron slag fragment (Find #3) was recovered; as 5 slag fragments have been found in the locus, slag will now be bulk found. Additionally a conical fragment of cut bone (Find #4) was also found.

Back in Locus 4 , while sorting soil in the trench, another piece of vitrified terracotta (Find #5), a sherd of ridged pottery (Find #6), and a bronze triangular fragment (Find #7), a possible crucible fragment (Find #8), a sherd of slipped pottery (Find #9), a piece of iron slag (Find #10), and an incised spindle whorl (Find #11) were recovered, as well as a ridged, slipped pottery rim (Find #12) that may join with Find #9.

In Locus 3 , the elevation of the trench floor was brought down to that of the 2012 sounding in CA 70. Although CA 70 excavators reported that they came down on a hard packed soil, which was interpreted as a floor surface, no such surface has yet been found in CA 83. Instead, smaller rocks are now appearing in the locus floor.

Special Finds:

\xb7 Find #1

\xb7 Locus 4

\xb7 56.84E/40.04S

\xb7 26.74m A.E.

\xb7 Ridgepole tile fragment

\xb7 Drawing

\xb7 Find #2

\xb7 Locus 4

\xb7 56.14E/40.68S

\xb7 26.71m A.E.

\xb7 Vitrified terracotta

\xb7 Drawing

\xb7 Find #3

\xb7 Locus 3

\xb7 57.93E/39.07S

\xb7 26.92m A.E.

\xb7 Iron slag

\xb7 Drawing

\xb7 Find #4

\xb7 Locus 3

\xb7 57.62E/38.90S

\xb7 26.87m A.E.

\xb7 Cut conical bone

\xb7 Drawing

\xb7 Find #5

\xb7 Locus 4

\xb7 56.49E/40.10S

\xb7 26.75m A.E.

\xb7 Vitrified terracotta

\xb7 Drawing

\xb7 Find #6

\xb7 Locus 4

\xb7 58.54E/40.68S

\xb7 26.75m A.E.

\xb7 Ridged pottery

\xb7 Drawing

20130114

\xb7 Find #7

\xb7 Locus 4

\xb7 58.74E/40.57S

\xb7 26.79m A.E.

\xb7 Bronze triangle

\xb7 Drawing

\xb7 Find #8

\xb7 Locus 4

\xb7 56.90E/40.57S

\xb7 26.74m A.E.

\xb7 Crucible fragment or slag

\xb7 Drawing

\xb7 Find #9

\xb7 Locus 4

\xb7 58.80E/40.48S

\xb7 26.80m A.E.

\xb7 Slipped pottery

\xb7 Drawing

\xb7 Find #10

\xb7 Locus 4

\xb7 57.35E/40.67S

\xb7 26.75m A.E.

\xb7 Iron slag

\xb7 Drawing

20130133

\xb7 Find #11

\xb7 Locus 4

\xb7 57.60E/40.21S

\xb7 26.78m A.E.

\xb7 Spindle whorl

\xb7 Drawing

\xb7 Find #12

\xb7 Locus 4

\xb7 57.47E/40.27S

\xb7 26.78m A.E.

\xb7 Ridged and slipped rim

\xb7 Drawing

PM

Work continued in the afternoon with another pick pass in Locus 4 and by hand picking and troweling in Locus 3. The floor of Locus 3 was brought down to the same elevation as the sounding in CA 70 from 2012 and soil continues to be olive brown and claylike with patches of gray, chalky soil. While there is no sign of a floor surface, a number of small flat rocks were found in the NE corner of the trench, just to the east of two large rocks projecting to the north out the central E-W running line of rocks. Soil was hand sorted directly into buckets in the trench with 1 in 3 buckets dry sieved but very little material was recovered from this locus.

In Locus 4, a pick pass was made of the entire locus and soil continues to be olive brown and claylike. A large amount of pottery and bone and a fair amount of terracotta was recovered, with soil being hand sorted directly into buckets and 1 in 3 buckets dry sieved. During this pick pass, two pieces of vitrified terracotta (Finds #13, 15), a slag fragment (Find #14), and a sherd of ridged pottery (Find #16), as well as a sherd of braided pottery (Find #17), a sherd of slipped pottery (Find #18), an unusual handle fragment (Find #19), a fifth piece of vitrified terracotta (Find #20), and a large portion of a coarseware vessel (Find #21). As 5 pieces of vitrified terracotta have been recovered from the locus, it shall be bulk found from now on.

Locus 3:

\xb7 Tile: 54 pieces

\xb7 Pottery: 39 sherds

\xb7 Bone: 1 fragment

\xb7 Iron slag:

Locus 4:

\xb7 Tile: \xbd bowl

\xb7 Pottery: 331 sherds (7 sieved)

\xb7 Bone: 46 fragments (3 sieved)

\xb7 Bronze:

Special Finds:

\xb7 Find #13

\xb7 Locus 4

\xb7 58.48E/40.77S

\xb7 26.64m A.E.

\xb7 Vitrified terracotta

\xb7 Drawing

\xb7 Find #14

\xb7 Locus 4

\xb7 56.57E/40.37S

\xb7 26.68m A.E.

\xb7 Slag

\xb7 Drawing

\xb7 Find #15

\xb7 Locus 4

\xb7 57.59E/40.74S

\xb7 26.71m A.E.

\xb7 Vitrified terracotta

\xb7 Drawing

20130128

\xb7 Find #16

\xb7 Locus 4

\xb7 56.42E/39.88S

\xb7 26.70m A.E.

\xb7 Ridged pottery

\xb7 Drawing

20130126

\xb7 Find #17

\xb7 Locus 4

\xb7 57.62E/40.24S

\xb7 26.74m A.E.

\xb7 Braided pottery

\xb7 Drawing

\xb7 Find #18

\xb7 Locus 4

\xb7 56.33E/40.17S

\xb7 26.72m A.E.

\xb7 Slipped pottery

\xb7 Drawing

20130125

\xb7 Find #19

\xb7 Locus 4

\xb7 56.99E/40.10S

\xb7 26.73m A.E.

\xb7 Unusual handle

\xb7 Drawing

\xb7 Find #20

\xb7 Locus 4

\xb7 57.07E/40.69S

\xb7 26.74m A.E.

\xb7 Vitrified terracotta

\xb7 Drawing

\xb7 Find #21

\xb7 Locus 4

\xb7 56.48E/40.48S

\xb7 26.72m A.E.

\xb7 Coarseware vessel

\xb7 Drawing

Supplemental Finds:

20130130

\xb7 Find #1

\xb7 Locus 4

\xb7 56-59E/39.65-41S

\xb7 26.70-26.80m A.E.

\xb7 Possible infant bone

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Katharine R. Kreindler. "KRK VI (2013-07-19):89-106; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Civitate A/Civitate A83/2013, ID:671/Locus 3". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <http://opencontext.org/documents/91c9d0d0-2c6f-40de-84ae-26fd4fab3ae9>

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