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July 31, 1984


Pottery: 4              Tile: 4

The rock-pithos group in the southeast corner of MN/88 was removed after it was deterined that it lay on soil and not directly on the floor.  The stratification was as follows:

  1. Pithos fragments - top
  2. Rocks and tile with reddish "plastery" soil
  3. Reddish soil with carbon (slight) flecks and plaster
  4. Floor

The cover tiles in W/60-61 (including the one projecting from under the floor and those lying upside down) were lifted.  The cover tile from under the floor preserved an entire width; one of the others had a complete width and a third preserved a width and a letter.

In N/88, the southeast corner, once cleaned down, showed a distinct projection of tile about 10 cm above the floor with large rocks around and above it in the baulk.  The floor, though well preserved here, slopes downwards.  The rest of the orangeware pot was removed with obvious joins kept together.

A cut was made in PQR/86 to attempt to uncover the column base that should be in the middle row of column bases.  The cut was taken to the floor with 4 cassetti of mostly tile, some of which was warmed and vitrified.  There was scattered, if any, carbon in the soil.  In this area, the area near the floor there wasn't as much plaster as in MN/86-88.  There was a little disintigrated plaster here.  In Q/86, there was a "pile" of what appeared to be plaster, tile, and rock, but was not the column base.  In the northeast corner of P/86 projecting from

the baulk was what appeared to be rock with possibly plaster over the top.  This may be the column base.

In M/86-87 at ~70 cm, seven "fragments" of pan tiles were found lying stacked with their longest dimensions running east-west.  A couple appear to preserve a complete width.  They are being excavated to determine this.  There was heavy carbonization under and around these tiles, but they were not burned.



  • Find #3
  • P/86
  • 40 cm
  • Tile folded over on itself
  • See also ; pieces were catalogued together as a group





Pottery: 1 1/2              Tile: 6

A cut to expose the farthest east column base of the center row was made in OP/86-87.  This column base appeared to have either floor or flat-sided plaster butting right against it to the north and east.  Right above this was found a great deal of plaster and tile with sima and statue fragments.  An occasional piece of vitrified tile was found out of 3 cassetti of tile and plaster.

Tile was visible in the baulk to the east, right above the floor.  About 1/2 box of representative pottery was found here.  The column base, it may be noted, was apparently made of a different type of stone than many of the other bases.  It may also be that the more usual type of stone that chips easily is covered here with plaster, thus appearing different.

About 15 cm of this base was a small stone (~15 cm across) that was very similar to several stones found just north of the northernmost line of columns.  The floor in this area had some root and pick damage, but was general in good shape.  To the south of this base, a stone, plaster, and the mound was left "in situ" as it was apparently lying in the floor.

In L/87-88, a cut was made to expose a column base lying in L/88 at about 70 cm.  Although not totally brushed down, the base appeared well preserved, but the floor wasn't found.  Perhaps it was poorly preserved.  A great deal of plaster, especially with reed impressions, was found.

There was a great deal of burn from right over the base through the plaster, which may lie over the floor.  Bronze and ivory were found here.  After the topsoil cut, a distinct soil change occurred at ~40 cm from brown rooty soil to soil with a lot more plaster.  A great deal of tile was found throughout the area -- 3 cassetti of 60% tile, 40% plaster.  1 box of representative pottery was found.




  • Find #19
  • YZ/57-8
  • Floor
  • cover tile
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Abbey Collins. "AC II (1984-07-31):80-103; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1984, ID:117". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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