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July 1, 1983


  • Tile: 4
  • Pottery: 6

Pieces thought to be part of find #12, p. 253 (the terracotta horse's leg fragment) were lifted from meter T-64 with metaline.  The rest of this area remained too moist to dig.

Work commenced in meters X,Y,Z-59 and alpha-beta-gamma-62-61 with pick and then removal of the loosened soil with metaline.  The "floor" remained beneath the soil in these meters.  In X,Y,Z-59, the "floor" is well preserved and lies at ~60 cm in depth.  In X,Y-59, resting upon the "floor," a complete cover tile was uncovered.  Note also that this cover tile rested with its flanges up, and pointed in approximately north-south orientation.  Also, light yellow soil was present just above the floor in X,Y-59.  The soil containedm uch plaster and plaster-like material.

Meters Z,alpha-62-61 were excavated to "floor" with metalina and pick.  Some damage occurred to the "floor" here during the removal of stumps earlier.  Also, a number of roots have penetrated the "floor" in these meters.  It is important to note that the "floor" in Z,alpha,beta-62,61 is badly burnt to a black color and is not as durable as the orange "floor" in other meters.  A stump previously removed rested above this black "floor."

Meters beta-gamma-62,61 also were begun to be excavated to "floor" level with pick and metalina.  Here the floor lies at 15-20 cm in depth, due to the slope of the hill's surface, which drops as one proceeds south.

The tile layer in alpha,beta-60-59 continued to be cleaned down with metalina.  Note also that adjacent to the stump in Z-63, a large tile fragment (pan tile) was exposed in meter Z-62.  This tile was left in place and apparently lies upon the floor.

A complete pot profile was recovered from meter alpha-60.  The fragments of this pot were scattered throughout this meter and were not localized all in one spot.  The vessel fragments lie above soil which was ~2-3 cm from the "floor."

Generally, the soil above the floor was light in X,Y,Z-61-59 and darker in alpha,beta,gamma-61-62.  Carbonized wood was present as small specks and occasionally in large chunks.  Plaster was present as well as some pieces of amorphous bronze.










  • Find #13
  • R-gamma/59-71
  • Found in cleaning
  • Painted, everted lip fragment from an Ionic bowl
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Mark Tobey. "MT VIII (1983-07-01):260-275; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1983, ID:116". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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