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Tuesday, 16 July, morning

Tile 2.5

Plaster 1

Pottery 1.5

This morning the cut in L-M 88-89 was cleaned down to a depth of ca. 60 cm. in meter L 88-89 and 50 cm. in meter M 88-89.  Due to the large amount of ivory found yesterday, it was decided to switch to hammer and mestilina in these areas today.  However, a pick was used to clean around the stump in M 89.  The cut yielded only a few pieces of ivory during the morning's digging.  These were found mostly in meter M 88-89.  A few small pieces of bronze were also found, as well as some carbonized wood.  Additionally, very few pieces of tile and plster, all heavily worn, were discovered.  The pottery found (1 box) consisted of coarseware and deteriorated bucchero.  The soil was red-brown in color and contained small pieces of vitrified tile and plaster.  Under the stump in M 89 a heavy concentration of loose plaster was found which extended from a depth of ca. 50 cm. to ca. 60 cm.  Work also continued in N-O 88-89, where the rock pack was cleaned down to a depth of ca. 70 cm.  A few large rocks and a great number of large pieces of tile were removed from the cut.  At a depth of ca. 50 cm. the soil began to show signs of heavy burning, changing from what had previously been dark brown to a deep red color.  In addition, some large yet vitrified tiles and patches of carbon were also discovered.  No pottery was found.




  • Find #5
  • M 88
  • 55 cm. deep
  • molded bucchero



of trench

Tuesday, 16 July, afternoon

Tile 3

Plaster 1

Pottery 1

This afternoon work continued in L-M 88-89, where the cut was cleaned down with hammer and mestilina to a depth of ca. 75 cm. in L 88 and ca. 65-70 cm. in M 88-89.  A few, very small pieces of tile and plaster (.5 cassetta each) were found.  In addition, a heavy concentration of burnt wood and small pieces of vitrified tile were also found.  The soil was dark red in color, containing sporadic concentrations of loose plaster and small, loose stones.  No pottery was discovered.  In meters N-O 88, a pan tile which was found lying apparently on the floor this morning was further cleaned down to reveal that it still preserved both a full lenght and width.  The tile rests approximately 70 cm. below the present surface level of the soil and has a maximum preserved length of 79 cm.  In addition, the soil both around and immediately above the tile contained heavy concentrations of loose plaster and carbonized wood.  No pottery was found in the vicinity of the tile.  Also, in meter O 89 a cut was taken to a depth of ca. 40 cm.  Many large, well preserved pieces of tile (2.5 cassette) and some plaster (.5 casetta) were found.  The soil was brown in color, containing many roots and small rocks.  Some pottery consisting mainly of worn impasto and coarseware fragments (1 box) was also found.


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L. Ron Lacy. "LRL II (1985-07-16):210-219; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1985, ID:434". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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