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Daily Log Entry for Thursday, 5 July 2007



We made a pick pass in the area just NE of the center of the trench.  We pulled up a piece of terracotta with a 90\xb0 angled flange.  It appears to be a sima fragment.  (Find #1)  Large amounts of pottery are being extracted.  A latte box (140 pcs) was filled by 8:15 Am.  Pottery finds included two possible chalice fragments  and at least 1 stem fragment.  "Mounds" in the floor of the trench were levelled by use of pick & trowel.  We extracted several large terracotta fragments while we trowelled the floor the trench.  After trowelling the mounds, no more large terracotta fragments were found in the center of the trench.  We seem to be through the tile spread and are on the Archaic surface.  Large amounts of pottery were found throughout the trench; the second latte box was filled just after the morning break (9:30 AM).  We made a pick pass in the N. meter of the trench to see how far down Locus 3 extends.  While we picked, a piece of ridged pottery was found.  (find #2)

A system was devised for picking in trench after the first pick pass in the N. meter today.  The trench was divided into 4 section for picking, so that too much soil wouldn\'t be exposed at once and become baked.  The "names" of the sections are indicated in the diagram.  While we were defining rocks & tile in the SE corner, a bronze fleck was found. (find #3).  A pick pass in the SE corner exposed a fragment of the frieze plaque.  (Find #4)  It contains cavetto and dentals, but there is no scene.  We defined carefully around the frieze plaque fragment & then extracted it.



  • Find #1
  • Sima Fragment
  • Locus 3
  • 188.02 E, 46.28 S
  • 27.58 abs. elev.



We cleared loose soil and continued picking in the S meter, especially in the SE corner of the trench.  The soil is still hard packed but it seems to be getting marginally lighter, although confirming soil color is difficul because the

soil bakes very quickly.  It contains inclusions of terracotta, pottery, bone, and a few chunks of plaster.  Organic inclusions consist of roots and worms.  Small to medium rocks were also present.  A piece of black slip pottery (find #5) was found in the SE area of the trench.  While picking in the "north" section, we found a bronze fleck.  (find #6).  The soil in the NE contains a lot of bone and pottery.  It is dark brown and hard packed, forming chunks 5-10 cm in diameter when picked.  Since we are finding so much bone and pottery and much less large terracotta roofing tile fragments, it seems that we are through the Archaic tile spread and on the Archaic surface beneath the tile fall.

Afternoon Finds:

Afternoon Finds Cont\'d:


  • FIND #7
  • LOCUS 3



  • 4   3/4 Latte Box Pottery
  • 1   1/2 Latte Box Bone
  • 4   1/3 Bowls Terracotta

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Jason P. Bauer, Joseph R. Vansuch. "JPB V (2007-07-05):85-94; Daily Log Entry for Thursday, 5 July 2007 from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 45/2007, ID:584/Locus 3". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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