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Monday- 23 July 1984


Tile - 7

Pottery - 4

V-gamma/57, P/59-61, V/58-57, P-q/61 and O/74-76, O-R/74 were shaved down for sections.  In gamma/57 a large flat topped piece of plaster was foun protruding onto the baulk.

In M-Q/84-85 the cut was taken to the floor in O-Q/84-85.  The floor appeared very well preserved.  In these meters there was heavy plaster disintegrated over the floor.  In O/84 this plaster was whiter and more granular and large chunks of flat edged plaster with reed patterns were found in and above this layer.  None were directly on the floor.  Some slag, vitrified material and vitrified tile was found but no real evidence as concentrated burning.








Afternoon: Recorded by Mark H. Tobey

Tile - 5

Pottery - 2

Meters alpha, beta, gamma/66-71 were cleared of the protective sand covering placed there last year.  The southern perimeter of the trench was cleared and more thoroughly defined in these meters.  Where visible beneath the sand, the floor was exposed.  Shrubs and trees immediately to the south and east ot these meters were

cleared.  Note that the sadn covering over these meters was only 2-3 inches thick at the deepest areas.

The soil above the floor and unfired cover tiles in meters X,Y, Z/74-75 was picked with a pick to a depth 3-5 cm above the unfired tiles or floor.  More floor was exposed in subsequent work with hammer and mastalene as were unfired cover tiles.  Note that the soil directly above this floor or tile was dark black, apparently due to burn.  The unfired cover tiles in this area were black themselves, and very fragile as distorted, apparently because the floor slopes downward drastically as one moves to the east, and also due to the presence of a stump which was above the tiles.  The unifre cover tiles in Z-75 were well preserved, however, but cointained no footprint impressions.  The new tiles exposed this afternoon were not pointed with PVA.

At the eastern end of the trench, the

tiles in meter P-83 at 30 cm were lifted.  This tile concentration did not appear to extend elsewhere.  A cut to the floor (50-60 cm) was completed throughout meters 0-84 and P-Q 84/85 as well as P-83.  Cuts to the floor were also started in 0-85 and N-84.  The soil of this cut (30 cm of soil above the floor) was generally reddish with specks of plaster and some carbon.  Vitrified terracotta material was present as well as plaster chunks.  Note that immediately above the floor, there was a layer 305 cm thick which was very rich in specks of plaster.  Above this layer was most of the tile.  Floor was exposed through the meters excavated except Q-84 which contains a stone column base.  This area yielded 5 cassette of tile and 1 and a half boxes of pottery.  Soil was picked and gone through at a moderate pace through the wheel barrow.







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Abbey Collins. "AC I (1984-07-23):326-354; 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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