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Daily Log Entry for Monday, 23 July 2007

MONDAY, 23 JULY 2007


Work started with a pick pass in the middle section in order to remove the last of Locus 4 soil in that section.  Dark soil is appearing throughout the section.  We found an iron nail (Find #1) in the area just west of the center.  We then picked in the north section so we could level the floor of the trench.  Locus 5 was picked easily but bedrock made picking in Locus 6 virtually impossible.  We have started defining the rocks with trowels and brushes.  The rock is not solid, except for a large rock (about 30 cm long) in the NE corner.  The rest of the rocks are about 10-15 cm long and packed closely together.  Most of them are arranged so that they are "standing;" the long axis of the rock is perpindicular to the ground.  We then trimmed some baulk walls and leveled mounds in the floor of the trench.  After that, we picked in the west section, which was higher than the south or the middle.  The soil is now black throughout.  It is still mottled, but not as much as it was last week, although a large amount of small plaster chunks were recovered.  A plaster chunk about 10 cm long was found with 1 finished side and two reed impressions.  A rocchetto fragment (Find #2) and a piece of vitrified terracotta (Find #3) were recovered.

We then picked in the south, where we found a handle fragment with a hole in it (Find #4) and a piece of incised impasto (Find #5).


  • FIND #1
  • Nail
  • Locus 4
  • 187.02 E, 46.90 S
  • 27.14 abs. elev
  • 20070249
  • FIND #2
  • Rocchetto Fragment
  • Locus 4
  • 185.69 E, 46.67 S
  • 27.17 abs. elev.
  • FIND #3
  • Locus 4
  • Vitrified Terracotta
  • 185.33 E, 47.15 S
  • 27.18 abs. elev
  • FIND #4
  • Handle with Hole
  • Locus 4
  • 187.21 E, 47.03 S
  • 27.12 abs. elev.
  • FIND #5
  • Incised Impasto
  • Locus 4
  • 187.33 E, 47.30 S
  • 27.12 abs. elev


After lunch, we finished sorting the dirt from the southern pick pass.  We found a piece of banded pottery (Find #6) and a piece of iron slag (Find #7) in the remaining dirt.  As we finished sorting the dirt, two different types of soil became apparent, a dark ashy soil, similar to Locus 6 and which is probably the burn layer, and a light brown, somewhat chalky, hardpaked soil near the E baulk wall.  This new light brown soil is rather similar to the soil in Locus 5 in texture, but closer to Locus 4 except that it contains much less mottling.  It may precede bedrock, but it is wholly unlike the soil above the bedrock in the NE, and there are no loose medium sized rock contained within it.  We picked for a few centimeters in the light brown soil, to confirm that it was not just the last remains of Locus 4, but no dark soil came up from beneath it.  The soil in the west is also different on closer examination.  The last of Locus 4 soil has been removed; which has revealed an extremely dark, almost black, clayey soil with lots of plaster fragments and many small, pink inclusions from plaster.  This soil does not have the ashy texture or look of Locus 6 or the new dark soil in the south & middle sections, and will

have to be declared a new locus.  A small, about 30 cm wide, patch of extremely ashy, grey soil has also been revealed along the southern boundary of the trench.

T-45 SOILS, 23 JULY 2007 (see image in original trenchbook)


  • FIND #6
  • Banded Pottery
  • Locus 4
  • 187.55 E, 47.55 s
  • 27.05 abs. elev


  • FIND #7
  • Locus 4
  • Iron Slag
  • 187.03 E, 47.36 S
  • 27.13 abs. elev.
  • FIND #8
  • Bronze
  • Locus 4
  • 187.50 E, 48.14 S
  • 27.22 abs. elev.
  • FIND #9
  • Rocchetto
  • Locus 4
  • Bowl Find


Locus 4:

  • 5  1/2 Bowls Terracotta
  • 12 1/2 Latte Boxes Pottery
  • 3   1/2 Latte Boxes Bone
  • 14 pcs. Bulk Bronze

Locus 5:

  • 1/5 Bowl Terracotta
  • 1/5 Latte Box Pottery (20 pcs)
  • 7 pcs. Bone

Locus 6:

  • 1/5 Bowl Terracotta
  • 2/3 Latte Box Pottery
  • 1/4 Latte Box Bone
  • 2 pcs. Bulk Bronze

Baulk Trim:

  • 3/4 Bowl Terracotta
  • 1 Latte Box Pottery
  • 1/3 Latte Box Bone

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Joseph R. Vansuch. "JRV I (2007-07-23):71-80; Daily Log Entry for Monday, 23 July 2007 from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 45/2007, ID:584/Locus 3". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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