Open Context

Daily Log

July 8, 1982


Tile: 7 Pottery: 6

A cut to ~30cm was made in U,V,W - 71-73. This cut was ~30cm in W - 71-73 but fell to ~50cm in U- 71-73. The floor was exposed throughout these meters, at ~ 30cm in V-73 and at ~50cm in U-73. It is not known at the moment if the floor extends to W-73 since the 30cm depht in this meter appears to have not taken the trench to floor level. The soil of the cut is generally light brown with tile, though there are concentrations with light-yellow soil and red-brown soil with plaster. THe floor in U,V,W-71-73 (except for W-73) is well preserved. A large flat stone, apparantly incorporated into the floor was uncovered in U,V-73 at ~40-50cm. This stone lies ~2.80m from the large stone in U-76. The cut to the floor was extended through the extension though meters W,V- 73-71 (except to the floor in W-73) and into meters U-73-71.















  • Find #17
  • U,V,W - 71-73
  • 40-50 cm
  • Ionic pottery fragment (found on pottery table)



Note that finds #1-14 were recorded and drawn by M. Spencer.


Tile: 1 Pottery: 1

Work continued in exposing the tile and plaster in meteres M,N,O - 77-79 at ~80 cm with mestaline. Tile continued to be found, as well as bits of carbonized wood and fragments of bone and bronze.

Work continued in R-74 with dental tools excavating around the ivory fragments found at ~40cm.

The floor in meters U,V,W - 73-71 was swept, revealing a layer of orange terracotta-like material just above the floor throughout the center of this 9 square meter extension. The terracotta-like material was

July 9, 1982

Taken from sketch by T. Mams. ~ 3.8cm = 1m

further swept with horse hair brushes and soil was removed with mestaline. This cleaning revealed at least 6 human footprints molded into the terracotta-like material. The terracotta-like material appears to be a set of covertiles layed edge to edge and front to back. That they are imprinted with human footprints implies that they were not yet fired. The very fragile nature of the terracotta-like material also seems to indicate that the "covertiles" were not fired. It is possible that the tiles were layed out to dry and harden before firing.

The length of these apparent covertiles is ~68cm while the width is ~18cm. The depth of this layer just above the floor is ~50cm. Note also that another large flat stone, apparently incorporated into the floor, was revealed in meter W-71 at ~40 cm. This stone is ~2.80 from the stone in U/V-73.

For a rough sketch of the "covertile" area . Note that the soil between the covertiles and also directly above the floor looked as though it may have been decomposed wood. This is thought to be modern but a soil sample was taken down to magazino, see also .


  • Find #18
  • M,N,O - 77-79
  • 80 cm
  • Stamped bucchero, found on pottery table

Property or Relation Value(s)
Temporal Coverage
[Standard: Dublin Core Terms]
Editorial Note

Open Context editors work with data contributors to annotate datasets to shared vocabularies, ontologies, and other standards using 'Linked Open Data' (LOD) methods.

The annotations presented above approximate some of the meaning in this contributed data record to concepts defined in shared standards. These annotations are provided to help make datasets easier to understand and use with other datasets.

Suggested Citation

Mark Tobey. "MT VI (1982-07-08):27-43; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1982, ID:112". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

Editorial Status

Managing editor reviewed

Part of Project


Mapping Data

Copyright License

Attribution 4.0

To the extent to which copyright applies, this content carries the above license. Follow the link to understand specific permissions and requirements.
Required Attribution: Citation and reference of URIs (hyperlinks)