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June 16, 1980


In the Agger Extension we move north in Quadrents Z-0 to the end of GG leaving a mass of rocks and stup in the center but removing any rocks around it. The dark soil is full of little stones and small masses of raw clay. Pottery is scarce and generally coarse orange ware; also a few bucchero sherds and a glazed piece (#4). Bits of bronze slag also appear and a little carbonized wood. There is a fair amount of plaster and tile; among the latter a probable "footrest" fragment like that found friday (#5). As in DD-EE 2-0 the cut is ca. 50cm from the surface in the east adn 70cm in the west.

For photos of the rock fall, see and p. 76 .

In Rectangle 22 we begin to take the cut completed friday inC-D 1-2 down about 10cm. The now yellowish soil seems, in many places, to give way to a distinct burn level at or around the bottom of the cut. We find more pottery and tile, including some large wall and rim fragments from large impasto pots; also more burned wood and pinkish plaster. Perhaps we are dealing with a larger burn layer composed of overlapping concentrations of yellow and of red-black materials.

In AG-X we begin a deeper cut to move north from Z-0 DD, the soil is now more granular and full or red-orange bits, charcoal and plsater. Pottery seems more plentiful and included more bucchero.




We continue the new 10cm cut begun this morning in Rect. 22 Quadrents C-D 2-3. Burn soil is most evident -that red-black burn soil- in D2 where we move into its top. Most finds are from burn soil. These are mainly pottery, and the less frequent pottery from the lighter yellow layer of which most of the cut consists is heavier and corser. The burn soil produces much fineware including a doubled greyware handle fragment. Tile is similarly concentrated in Quadrents D2 and 3. Often the tile is burned on the side facing down the burn layer. Plaster continued to appear as well. We seem in general to have, above, a yellow soil with increasingly heavy concentrations of burned and decayed (often yellow) mattern then a sudden concentration of red-black matter in the soil below. In the extreme east of D2 we reach a depth of 15cm.

Also sketchthe rock fall exposed in AG-X AA-CC 0-2 and cleaned this morning. p. 4 . We note again that these rocks are generally emdedded in a clayey, flakey, white matter. A few sherds emerge.


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L. Ron Lacy. "LRL I (1980-06-16):56-63; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Agger/Agger 11/1980, ID:417". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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