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June 26, 1984

Morning: Work continued cleaning down the tile concentration in MN 77-82.  One half of the cover tile in PQ 75 was lifted and the other half (longitudinal split) was left to dry.  The edge will be painted with PVA and then the whole lifted.  A cut was begun in D 76 to bring that meter to floor level and to approach the tile concentration in P 75-76 from the south side.  At about 30-40 cm. a soil change from brown rooty topsoil to higher dryer soil with lots of disintegrated plaster and large pieces of tile which were cleaned off to determine whether or not they were part of a tile concentration.  there were occasional burn flecks in the soil and the odd piece of burned pottery or tile.  pottery included both fineware and coarseware.  1 cassetta of tile was about half plaster (in small chunks).

In XYZ 74-5 a heavy burn layer was discovered just above the floor in X 74 with a layer of plaster apparently over it.  All material coming from the burn layer was heavily burned including a flange projecting into it.  Several flat pieces - apparently heavily burned and blackened terracotta were saved.  the burn layer itself was not taken up.  The floor in this area appears to be quite low in comparison with floor in YZ 174-75 and to the north.  In XY 74 the mass of material piled against and over the column base appeared unburnt but badly broken and mixed with stones.  In XY 73-72 tiles are visible projecting from the baulk (1 box pottery, 1/8 cassetta tile and plaster).

The cut to about 70cm. was continued in T-U 59-61.  The soil remained brown and very rooty with lots of small scattered stones.  An upper building cavetto fragment was uncovered but also a few pieces of lower building red ware.  The tile continue to be badly worn and little plaster was in evidence.  Occassional pieces of tile and pottery were burnt but there was rarely any evidence in the soil.  Of the pottery a large amount was fineware and better impasto.

A small piece of floor came up in YZ 73-74 and was taken to the magazzino.






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It can now be observed that the remaining section of the cover tile in P 75 sits over first a burn layer and then the plaster layer (see sketch).  Much of this plaster is badly burnt and the few tile and pottery fragments (recovered from beginning to excavate to life this tile) are badly burnt.  All burn material, plaster, etc. removed from underneath was kept as were pottery and bone fragments.  Excavation will resume tomorrow and a general knowledge of the area is desired.

Excavation continued in Y-Z 73-74 for a short time with minimal tile and plaster fragments recovered.  A small piece of bucchero was also found.

The cut in R-U 159-61 was continued with a cassetta of mostly very worn tile being uncovered.  A few pieces showed evidence of burning and a few pieces of slag were also found.  A small piece of bronze chest was also found.  Some of the pottery found was burnt and a large percentage was fineware including bucchero.  No soil change was observed - the soil remains uniformly light brown and quite loose.  As one moves north there were fewer roots and also less material.


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Abbey Collins. "AC I (1984-06-26):98-109; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1984, ID:117". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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