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Friday, 12 July, morning

Plaster 3.5

Tile 3+

Pottery 2+ berry

In L 86-88 we deepen the cut from 30 to 50 cm. (at 86/87) and then in 86-87 and southern L to about 75 cm.  In O-P 89-90 a cut 60 cm. wide and 130 cm. long reaches southern O and a depth of 45 cm.  The rock packing O-P 88-89 is cleaned down for a photograph in preparation for its removal.  In L 86-88 plaster content increases downward until at ca. 55 cm. it reaches a kind of saturation point.  Several large and small flakes of bronze appear, especially in the first, overall, cut, but the deeper cut along the southern edge of L 86-87 yields the iron point No. 2.  The first 30-50 cm. cut in particular produces a great deal of tile (over 2 cassette) but what is particularly striking is the amount of plaster (2.25 cassette) much of which bears reed impressions and most of these with a flat rear surface sometimes coated with a finer whitish layer.  We save some of htse last pieces along with those preserving morethan two finished or impressed surfaces and those with an unusual play of surfaces.  At the bottom of the first cut we find the ivory petal, No. 1.  Some burnt matter occurs in both cuts, and a small minority of the tile and plaster are burned blue-greenish grey.  Pottery is fairly plentiful and varied (2 berry boxes), largely impasto, including large and medium-sized pots, but also some fragments of bucchero, fine buff and orange ware and pithos.  One rim fragment, from a small pot, is burned blue-grey and even vitrified accross a break.  Some bits of bone and some possible bits of ivory are saved.  Near the bottom of the second cut we encounter a dark burn soil, from which some of the pottery came.  In O-P 89-90 the soil, as expected, is lightly suffused with plaster and an occasional bit of carbonized matter.  It yields much tile (2.5 cassette) and plaster (almost 1 cassetta) but little pottery.  A fraction of a latte box not including some

large pithos fragments.  In additoin a fleck of bronze and some bits of bone are noted.

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Friday, 11 July, afternoon

We begin removing the rock packing in 88-89 O-P with the tile, plaster, pottery and pithos fragments interspersed within it as we extend this morning's cut westward to the tile concentration along its eastern edge.  This yields 2 cassette of tile, a quarter cassetta of plaster and .5 latte box of sherds.  No finds recorded.

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L. Ron Lacy. "LRL II (1985-07-11):174-179; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1985, ID:434". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <http://opencontext.org/documents/a6148593-c94d-4cde-a60e-0bc562fbfd68>

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