June 7, 1990
During the winter a large area along the northwestern slope of Poggio Civitate was cleared of trees and brush. This rendered accessible for excavation a rather large area of previously unexplored territory. A site for trial excavation was chosen just below the rim of the cleared area at a point to the northeast. A 3x4 meter trench was then laid out with the aid of a compass and excavation was initiated. This trench, designated CA33, will be included later on the site plan following the arrival of the architect.
A 10cm. topsoil cut was taken in meters A-C/1-2. The soil in
the cut was dark brown in color and contained a large amount of small rocks. A few small pieces of badly worn tile, perhaps washed down the slope of the hill from above, were discovered. A few pieces of worn impasto pottery were also discovered in meter B/2 at a depth of ca. 10cm.
This afternoon a 10cm. cut was taken in meters A-C/1 to a depth of ca. 20cm. The soil remained dark brown in color and contained a large amount of small rocks and roots. Approximately one-eigth of a cassetta of small pieces of worn tile were recovered. In addition, a few worn pieces of weathered impasto, including two burned fragments, were also discovered.
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