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July 28, 1982

A.M.

Tile: 13

Pottery: 6

The c. 70 cm cut in meters RST/65-67 was continued into RST/68-70.  The soil remained reddish brown, but the appearance of pottery became less frequent as the cut progressed east.  Finds included a fragment of a wing, a small finished piece of ivory, bronze fragments, and two cassetti of pithos fragments, not recorded with the cassetti of tile.

In order to speed the cleaning of this cut, a matching cut in RST/73 was begun, heading west toward the above-mentioned cut.  In T-73 were found more half-baked cover tiles, of the type found in UVW/71-73.  The tiles were not uncovered enough to determine if there are footprints in these as well.  Another major find in the area was that of an orangeware pottery lid, preserved with knob intact.

Once the baulk in MNO/79-80 was completely removed, the layer of tiles in that area was cleared to determine its extent.  The edges of a cover tile, apparently complete, were defined and cleaned.  It is certain that the width of this tile is preserved- whether the complete length has been

preserved as well was not determined.

The most important find in this area was that of another human head antefix, in meter N-77.  It was recovered in 2 pieces plus several small chips, but was otherwise in good condition.

The area in PQR/75-76 continued to be excavated to c. 5 cm of the floor level, using hammer and mesteline.  A piece of bone (or possibly unburnt ivory) carved in a guilloche pattern was excavated in the area.

The grid in meter R-74 which had been excavated using dental pick was photographed.

(see p. 22, MT VII for photo).

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Three chips placed in MT Book VII Rep. Pott. Box VIII

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Note that this morning's entries were recorded by M. Spencer.

P.M.

Tile: 9

Pottery:  4

The large tiles being uncovered at c. 85 cm in M,N,O-77-79 just above a stone packing continued to be uncovered with hammer and mestaline.  The tile layer appears to extend from M,N,O-77 to M-81.  A great deal of plaster is being removed from just above the tiles.

The 60-70 cm cut was completed through R,S,T-70-69, thus bringing the entire extension to the 60-70 cm level, (70 cm along the northern bulk, 60 cm along the southern bulk), except for a small portion in meter R-73 and the area taken to 75-80 cm this morning in meters R,S,66.  The soil of this cut was generally light brown yellow and towards the bottom of the cut the soil was light-grey and contained a great deal of small vitrified material.  Areas of dark black soil, perhaps indicating burn area, were encountered at c. 70 cm, the trench floor level, in meter R-69.  The cut was not taken below this dark area.  Note that a large flat stone, most likely another column base, was unearthed in meter T-70 at c. 50 cm.  This stone is in direct line with the column bases discovered in meters P-80, Q-77, R-74,75, etc.  Note also that there was a concentration of stones in meters R,S,T-70 at c. 40 cm.  These appeared to be random and were removed.

Meter T-66 was excavated with hammer and mestaline to determine whether the terracotta/mortar floor extends to the north into this meter.  The area was taken c. 10 cm deeper to

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Mark Tobey. "MT VI (1982-07-28):206-229; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1982, ID:112". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <http://opencontext.org/documents/928b1614-a326-48c7-9847-3af30c033757>

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