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15 July 2008


Continuing to trowel down in Locus 11 to see if the dark brown soil with heavy carbon inclusions in LocusĀ 14 continues underneath there. Sof ar there hasn't been much material recovered from Locus 11 , just a few sherds of pottery. In the northern most 30cm of Locus 11 a pinic/red plaster depost has been uncovered over a rock. We are now attempting to define its extent. A very dark brown soil with heavy carbon inclusions has begun to be uncovered in the southern most .5m of Locus 11 . This appears to be the same soil found in Locus 14 , it is also roughly at the same elevations as Locus 14 . We will not trace the extent fo this new soil north in Locus 11 . In Locus 11 at approx. 24.60m south there are a few large stones. The soil directly south of there appears to be slightly lighter than the dark carbon soil but dows contain a carbon and a similar amount of material. We will now close Locus 11 and open up a new locus. Locus 16 contains a very dark brown soil with heavy inclusions of carbon. Additionally this soil contains pottery, tile, and bone. The soil is claylike



in texture. The coordinates and elevations for Locus 16 are:

A; 138.46E / 24.9S; 28.53 A.E.

B; 138.69E / 24.89S; 28.52 A.E.

C: 138.61E / 25.13S; 28.50 A.E.

D; 139.03E / 25.31S; 28.48 A.E.

E; 138.92E / 25.58S; 28.47 A.E.

F: 138.55E / 25.64S; 28.61 A.E.

G; 138.46E / 25.50S; 28.52 A.E.

H; 138.07E / 25.50S; 28.52 A.E.

Photos Taken

We are now beginning to trowel into Locus 16 . We are saving a larger piece of carbon that was recovered from the locus (Find #1). There are pockets of a red soil appearing in the northern section of the trench. This red soil is crumbly and flaky in texture. A yellowish crumbly soil is also beginning to appear in Locus 16 toward the southern end of the trench. We will now continue to remove the dark Locus 16 soil to see the extent of these two new soils.


Continuing to trowel doen in Locus 16 to uncover the 2 new soils. There is a small pocket of a red/pink placter about 25.35m S. and 15sm from the western edge of the Locus. This small pocket will be removed with Locus 16 . In approx. 26 x 33cm area in the very southeastern corner fo the trench the burn soil seems to



Continue at a greater depth then at the other points in the locus. We will continue to explore this area. A Few substantial pieces of coarseware have been recovered in this area where the locus 16 soil continues deepest. We seem to have uncovered the extent of both the plaster deposit and the white/yellow flaky soil. It appears that the hard packed white/flaky soil continues under the plaster so we will end up excavating the plaster first. The stratum of the pink/red plaster seems to be the same as what was found in Locus 9 and the hard packed soil seems analogous to Locus 10 .

The area where the dark soil seems to go deeper now appears to have a different soil. The soil here is lightler brown slightly yellow and has less carbon inclusions. There is


Supplemental Find #1

Found when dry brushing pottery

Locus 16

Incised Impasto Handle


a lot of coarseware material in it. The plaster area seems to continue underneath the large stones to the north of Locus 16 . We wil now begin in that area to see if in fact the plaster layer continues further. Locus 17 will be declared over the area covered by these rocks and a medium brown soil with some yellow flecks and almost no material in it. This area has coordinates and elevations of;

NW: 28.56m A.E.; 138.63E / 24.00S

NE: 28.60m A.E.; 138.63E / 24.00S

SE: 28.51m A.E.; 138.46E / 24.90S

SW: 28.46m A.E.; 138.69E / 24.89S

Opening Photos Locus 17

We are taking down a small wall that has formed along 24mS and trenting the material as baulk material. Beginning to trowel down in Locus 17 in order to see if the plaster from Locus 9 and 16 continues there. It appears that the plaster continues in the northern most section of Locus 17 and appears to abut the plaster in SF-1 found in 1998.

Materials Recovered

Locus 11 : Terracotta 6 small Frags

Locus 11 : Pottery 19 sherds

Bone 15 pieces

Locus 16 : Terracotta 1/16 bowl

Pottery 34 sherds

Bone 6 pieces

Locus 17 : Terracotta 2 frags

Pottery 7 sherds

Bone 5 pieces


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Kelly M. Hepp, Christopher B. O Connor. "KMH/CO I (2008-07-15):85-92 from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro South Flank/Tesoro South Flank 2/2008, ID:600/Locus 5". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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