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Daily Log 25/7/16



A pick pass was completed across the entirety of locus 4 . The soil revealed by this picking remains clay-like and filled with inclusions of carbon, small stones, and white and yellow crumbly material, but is beginning to become more sandy. Furthermore, in the western area of the locus, a patch of white, flaky decaying limestone has been found that is more similar to the soil of locus 3 , although still mixed with the included clay-like soil of locus 4 . The soil was sorted by hand into buckets. While sorting, a piece of slag and associated fragments (SF #1), a small sherd of slipped pottery (SF #2), a fragment of burnt bone (SF #3), a crucible fragment (SF #4), and some pieces of vitrified terracotta (SF #5) were found. A fair amount of tile and pottery has also been recovered, along with some plaster.

Special Find #1

Slag and associated fragments

Locus 4

304.51 mASL

20.19 W, 4.46 S

Special Find #2

Slipped pottery fragment

Locus 4

304.55 mASL

21 W, 4.61 S

Special Find #3

Burnt bone fragment

Locus 4

304.49 mASL

20.54 W, 4.37 S

Special Find #4

Crucible fragment

Locus 4

304.50 mASL

20.34 W, 4.40 S

Special Find #5

Vitrified Terracotta fragments

Locus 4

304.51 mASL

20.41 W, 4.48 S

As the sorting of the soil continued, a sherd of painted pottery was found (SF #6).

Special Find #6

Painted Pottery Sherd

Locus 4

304.49 mASL

19.67 W, 4.15 S

A pick pass was completed in the eastern meter of locus 4

to bring it down to the level of the rest of the locus. The soil here is also beginning to become more sandy. Soil was sorted into buckets and the materials recovered include tile, pottery (mainly impasto and coarseware) and a few pieces of bone. Noteworthy among the tile was a notched flange. Because of the change to a more sandy soil, after this pick pass, the locus will be leveled and cleaned and locus 5 will be opened. The western baulk wall in locus 4 was trimmed and cleaned with hand picks and trowels and the soil was sorted into buckets in preparation for preparing a new locus. Similarly, the southern baulk of locus 4 was shaved back to the south with pick axes, hand picks, and trowels until the flaky white soil that comprises locus 3 was revealed. In sorting through the soil loosened, a piece of vitrified terracotta was recovered (SF #7).

Special Find #7

Vitrified Terracotta

Locus 4

304.42 mASL

19.27 W, 4.78 S


Work continued on the southern baulk of locus, with the goal of reaching the flaky white soil of locus 3 along the entire extent. The baulk was trimmed with a combination of pick axes, hand picks, and trowels, and the soil was sorted into buckets. In defining the southern baulk, it was determined to remove the stones on the southern edge of locus 4 , as, after definition with hand picks and trowels, they appeared to be resting only on soil. Under the stones there was the blue soil of locus 2 , along with some pieces of tile. In total 6 stones, which ranged between 15 and 25 cm were removed. To reach the white flaky soil, it was necessary to pull the southern edge of the locus back a half meter, which was done with pick axes and the soil was sorted by hand. Only small amounts of tile and pottery were recovered in this work. In sorting through the soil from underneath the rocks, a fairly large piece of slag (SF #8) was found.

Special Find #8


Locus 4

304.50 mASL

19.78 W, 4.79 S

The mound of soil that was underneath the stones was picked to level it. In picking, a pan tile with a finger swipe was found (SF #9).

Special Find #9

Pan tile with finger swipe (2 pieces)

Locus 4

304.50 mASL

19.70 W, 4.74 S

The soil was sorted into buckets. In sorting, a piece of slag (SF #10) and a fragment of ridge pole tile (SF #11) were found.

Special Find #10


Locus 4

304.54 mASL

19.53 W, 4.78 S

Special Find #11

Ridge Pole Tile Fragment

Locus 4

304.51 mASL

19.43 W, 4.64 S

The trench was swept of loose debris in preparation for taking opening photos of locus 5 . Opening photos were taken. Opening coordinates and elevations were taken.

Locus 5 Opening Coordinates

NW 21.59 W, 4.64 S 304.54 mASL

NE 19.15 W, 4.91 S 304.52 mASL

SE 18.69 W, 5.26 S 304.50 mASL

SW 21.15 W, 5.12 S 304.53 mASL

Spatially, locus 5 will cover the entire extent of locus 4 plus extra area to the south. This added area was

initially covered by white flaky soil in a thin layer, thus it was originally unknown that locus 4 extended farther.

Bulk Finds Locus 4

Tile 3 bowls

Pottery 6 lattes (205 pieces)

Bone 57 pieces (very small)

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Andrew J. Carroll. "VT 14 (2016-07-25):53-66; Daily Log 25/7/16 from Italy/Vescovado di Murlo/Upper Vescovado/Vescovado 14/2016, ID:726/Locus 3". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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