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Friday, June 29, 2007


Opening elevations were taken.  Because all of the remainder of the gray, flaky, galestra-like, Locus 3 soil was removed yesterday, these elevations will also serve as the closing elevations for Locus 3 /opening elevations for Locus 4

Opening elevations Locus 4 /Closing elevations Locus 3

  • NW corner: 95cm b.d. (27.24m A.E.)
  • NE corner: 93cm b.d. (27.26m A.E.)
  • Center: 101cm b.d. (27.18m A.E.)
  • SE corner: 103.5cm b.d. (27.155m A.E.)
  • SW corner: 101.5cm b.d. (27.175m A.E.)

The baulk walls continued to be trimmed in preparation for photos and the opening of Locus 4 .

Closing photos for Locus 3 /Opening photos for Locus 4 were taken.

Locus 4 began with a shallow pick pass in the northern half of the trench.  The soil of Locus 4 is a dark, reddish, clay-like, mottled soil containing many small pieces of terracotta and rocks, as well as some charcoal.  Soil was sorted directly into buckets, while in the trench.  This is because a high quantity of material was spotted during the pickpass, and so sorting in this manner will leave the material in situ, in its proper context.

This pick pass was completed in the southern half of the trench.  Soil continues to be dark, reddish, claylike, and mottled, with a fiar amount of tile and ceramic.  However, there are some patches of soil with larger amounts of rocks, and the soil around these rocks appears almost galestra-like, like the soil of Locus 3 .  However, directly beneath these rocks, the soil remains dark and mottled.  Dirt continues to be sorted into buckets in the trench, while the floor is scraped and levelled using trowels.

A second pick pass was begun in the northern half of the trench.


The pick pass begun in the morning was completed; the southern half of t he trench was picked and soil was sorted directly into buckets.  The soil remains mottled, although there does seem to be a higher concentration of flaky rocks that produce the galestra-like soil of Locus 3 in the southern portion of the trench.  However, these rocks and the associated flaky soil are completly contained in the dark, claylike, mottled soil of Locus 4 . Locus 4 continues to yield a notably increased amount of materials compared to the previous loci; much tile and ceramic has been recovered, as well as a bronze flake

(Find #1).  In addition to tile, ceramic, and bronze, Locus 4 also contains a fair amount of carbon chunks.

A small portion of the northern areas of the trench, along the border between T-48 and T-23, where the level of the floor was slightly higher, was scraped down using trowels.  Here, more galestra-like soil began to appear, with little mottled soil uncovered.

It was decided to extend T-48 to the east, into the previously excavated T-23, as it seems that T-23 may not have been excavated to the lowest inhabited stratum; it seems excavators may have mistaken the flaky, galestra-like soil of Locus 3 as actual galestra, although the presence of ancient materials in this locus indicates that is is not virgin soil, but rather a redeposition.  Recently, this deposition of galestra-like soil has been interpreted as a post-Archaic destruction covering of the site.

An eastern extension was traingulated into T-23.  This extension is 1x2 meters, with the four corners of the extension located at:

  • NW corner: 52S/197E
  • NE corner: 52S/198E
  • SE corner: 54S/198E
  • SW corner: 54S/196.29E


  • Find #1
  • Locus 4
  • 54.305S/196.15E
  • 27.115m A.E.
  • Bronze flake

Locus 4

  • Tile and plaster: 3 bowls
  • Pottery: 66 sherds
  • Bone: 9 pieces

Baulk Trim

  • Tile and plaster: 1/3 bowl
  • Pottery:
  • Bone:

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Katharine R. Kreindler. "KRK II (2007-06-29):55-62; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 48/2007, ID:587/Locus 3". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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