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7 July 2008

*Todays daily log is done by Caitlin Kelly and Ben Crowther


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Loci 7 and 8 were declared over the area of Locus 3 . Locus 7 is a light yellowish brown soil that is sandier and contains flakes of a galestra-like substance.  This soil contains substantially less material and carbon then the layer above it.  Due to its proximity to the archaic and orientalizing walls this could be a footing trench for the foundation. Locus 7 has the following coordinates:

A: 137.91mE / 25.99mS; 28.40 A.E.

B: 139.00mE / 26.29mS; 28.42 A.E.

C: 139.00mE / 26.59mS; 28.56 A.E.

D: 137.89mE / 26.34mS; 28.37 A.E.

The soil in Locus 8 is a dark gray brown soil with a great deal of carbon inclusions throughout.  The soil is loose and crumbly.  Pottery is visible in the soil.  The coordinates for Locus 8 are:

A: 138.09E / 25.5S; 28.50 A.E.

B: 138.42E / 25.50S; 28.46 A.E.

C: 138.40E / 26.08S; 28.44 A.E.

D: 137.91E / 25.98S; 28.42 A.E.

Continuing to trowel through Locus 6 and began troweling in Locus 8. While troweling in Locus 8 , an extremely crumbly pink/red strata is beginning to appear.  This pink/red strata has now been revealed over



the entire area of Locus 8 with the excapetion of a small section in the south east where a soil more consistant with Locus 7 has been revealed. Locus 9 will now be declarted over the area of Locus 8 except in the corner where the soil more similar to locus 7 was found. Locus 9 is a pink/red stratum which appears to be a layer of plaster.  There are no inclusions in this stratum and there appears to be no material.  The coordinates for this locus are:

A: 138.09E / 25.5S; 28.46A.E.

B: 138.42E / 25.5S; 28.46 A.E.

C: 138.44E / 26.04S; 28.425 A.E.

D: 137.91E / 25.98S, 28.41 A.E.

Continuing troweling through Locus 6 and beginning to trowel in Locus 9 a yellowish brown soil has begun to appear in the western most area of Locus 6 and it appears to be similar to the Locus 7 soil.  We are now attempting to define the extent of this soil.  The olive-brown mottled soil in Locus 6 is continuing in the eastern area of the trench.-  While troweling in Locus 6 a piece of ridged impasto was uncovered (Find #1).  We are beginning to uncover a new soil underneath the plaster stratum in Locus 9 .  This soil is hard packed and is dark brown with yellow-brown inclusions.




The new soil was uncovered over the entire area of Locus 9 and this area will now be declared Locus 10 . Locus 10 is a hard packed dark brown soil with  yellow-brown inclusions and some pockets of what appear to be a galestra-like soil.  This stratum appears to be the floor of the central cella of OC3.  the coordinates and elevations are:

NW: 138.09E / 25.5S; 28.43 A.E.

NE: 138.42E / 25.5S; 28.43 A.E.

SE: 138.44E / 26.04S; 28.42 A.E.

SW: 137.91E / 25.98S; 28.40 A.E.

Photos Taken

Locus 6 continues to be trowled down in an effort to define the yellow brown soil.  the soil in Locus 6 has thus for remained consistant.  We have begun to remove the topsoil and backfill on the archaic wall north of current excavation in order to prepare it for excavation.  It has become apparent through excavation of Locus 6 that though the soil color has remained consistant, material is no longer being produced.  Approx. 7 pockets roundish in shape of an orange red soil in a roughly linear pattern N/S, about 4cm in diameter were discovered in the eastern side of the Locus.  The soil in these pockets is clay-like and is surrounded by a brown clay like soil.  About 4cm of the soil exsists



between each of the epockets.  The linear feature has been cleaned and will now be photographed.

Materials Recovered

Locus 6 - Pottery and Bone = 1 latte box

Locus 6 - Terracotta = 1/4 bowl

Locus 8 - Pottery and Bone = 1/4 latte box

Locus 8 - Terracotta = 1 fragment

Find #1

Locus 6

28.34m A.E.

139.86E / 26.23S

Ridged Impasto




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Kelly M. Hepp, Christopher B. O Connor. "KMH/CO I (2008-07-07):47-55 from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro South Flank/Tesoro South Flank 2/2008, ID:600/Locus 3". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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