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Wednesday, 26/07/2006


Work began by trowelling the area of Locus 5 , in the northern half of the trench, where there are very few tiles visible.  It was decided to lower the elevation of this area a few centimeters to see if the tiles do in fact continue, thereby joining the tile concentrations in the west and east.  It quickly became apparent that there are tiles present in this area, and so these tiles were defined, along with those present in the western portion of the trench, in Locus 6 .  While trowelling in Locus 6 , a piece of iron slap (Find #1) was recovered.

Once the tiles were defined, the tiles, and the rest of the trench, was swept in preparation for the closing of Loci 5 and 6 and the opening of Loci 7 , 8 , and 9 . Locus 7 will be the loose tile and ceramic feature running throughout the northernmost meter of the trench. Locus 8 will be the hard packed, seemingly burnt soil in teh southeast quarter of the trench. Locus 9 will be the architectural elements present, mostly in the southwest quarter of the trench; this includes two strips which may be mortar, running along the southern baulk wall and extending north out of the southern baulk, the cut stones, and the mortared tiles.


Opening photos, coordinates, and elevations were taken for Loci 7 , 8 , and 9 and all 3 loci were declared open.

Locus 7 is the area contianing a tile deposition of some sort. Locus 8 is comprised of the hard packed, seemingly burnt soil, while Locus 9 contains the architectural elements of the feature, including the mortared terracotta tiles, the cut stones, and

the mortar like substance.

Work in Locus 7 began by trowelling the highest part of the locus, the western part, in order to bring it down to the elevation of the mortared pantiles.  While working in the area, a possible kylix handle fragment with black slip or paint was noticed.  It was photographed in situ and points were taken (Find #2).

While trowelling down the northwest corner, a piece of iron slag (Find #3), an incised rim (Find #4), a piece of warped, vitrified pantile (Find #5), a second piece of iron slag (Find #6), a third piece of slag (Find #7), and a large, fourth piece of slag (Find #8) were uncovered.  Additionally, a possible sherd of Attic pottery (Find #9) was found.  Soil in Locus 7 remains dark and mottled and claylike.

Locus 5

  • Tile: 1/2 bowl
  • Pottery: 13 sherds
  • Bone: 2 pieces

Locus 6

  • Tile: 1/3 bowl
  • Pottery: 0 sherds
  • Bone: 0 sherds

Locus 7

  • Tile: 2 bowls
  • Pottery: 22 sherds
  • Bone: 1 piece


  • Find #2
  • Locus 7
  • 12,87S/0.20E
  • 13cm b.d.
  • Kylix handle.  Cream color fabric with black slip.  Handle projects from body as square.  Diameter of coil of handle is app. 1cm.  Length of opening is app. 3cm.


  • Find #3
  • Locus 7
  • 13.10S/1.50W
  • 25cm a.d.
  • Piece of iron slag.


  • Find #6
  • Locus 7
  • 12.62S/1.20W
  • 14cm a.d.
  • Iron slag fragment.  App. 3cm long, heavy.


  • Find #7
  • Locus 7
  • 12.73S/0.93W
  • 8cm a.d.
  • Iron slag.  Triangular in shape, app. 3cm on each side.


  • Find #8
  • Locus 7
  • 13.01S/0.44E
  • 6cm a.d.
  • Iron slag.  Large, slightly curved piece, app. 15cm long.
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Katharine R. Kreindler. "VT 6 (2006-07-26):59-63; Daily Log from Italy/Vescovado di Murlo/Upper Vescovado/Vescoavdo 6/2006, ID:583/Locus 5". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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