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Monday 16 July 1984










Tile: 2

Pottery: 3

Meter P/83 was excavated to floor level (about 55-60 cm).  A lot of loose plaster packing was found over the floor.  Right at PQ/83, a lion head was found face up amidst sima fragments, plaster, and other lion head fragments.  It was almost completely excavated, then photographed.  One of the fragments was damaged and pieces thought to join were collected.

Work was continued in XY/72-73 approaching from the east as the tiles to the west were very badly damaged and burned.  They appeared blackened and disintegrated - almost like burned plaster - and came up very easily.  A meter topsoil cut was made to ~10 cm, then the soil level dropped to ~30-35 cm.  More pottery was found and some slag, but in general, the tile and plaster and pottery from these upper levels was not burned.  Small bits of slag were found.  There appeared to be more footprints in X-Y/73-74.

In V-X/58-57, the cut was dropped to floor level with a little soil left over the supposed floor.  In V-W/58-57, the soil had a lot of disintegrated

plaster and some small and large chunks - some with flat backs and reed patterns.  Small and large pieces of slag were found and some burned pottery were found but mostly all of the tile and plaster was unburned.  Pottery included bone, fineware, and bucchero.

In Q/59-61, the rest of the red burn was excavated with fineware and bucchero found.  More red "composite" rock was found.


Tile: 4

Pottery: 4

In XY/72-73, work continued clearing down to the tiles.  About one box of mostly unburned pottery and tile was found, including some fineware and bone.  Very little tile and plaster came up and a little slag.

A section of Q/59-61 was drawn, then the QR/61 baulk cut back to even the cut.  A topsoil cut in P/59-61 was begun.  The soil was brown and rooty with small stones throughout.  Very little tile or plaster or pottery was found.

Work was done clearing the cover tiles.

In V-W/57-58, the stump was removed.  The soil underneath and around it showed a high concentration of plaster, both yellowish disintegrated plaster coloring the soil and large chunks.  Terracotta "wasters" were found and a large amount of slag in small and large chunks.  An occasional pieces of tile and pottery was burned.  One cassetta of tile was collected; about half was plaster.  One box of pottery including bucchero and bone was found.

In O-Q/74-76, the stones that were uncovered to the burn layer so that a section could be drawn from the column base in Q/77 to the baulk in Q/74.

In Q/85, a topsoil cut and a second cut was made to bring the floor level to 35-40 cm here.  The soil near the floor showed heavy amounts of disintegrated plaster and tile.  Three cassette of mostly tile with a few large chunks of plaster.  Several pieces of sima, a rocchetto, ivory, and

statue fragments were found here.  A little carbonized wood was also found.  At the PQ line, there was a concentration of tile and large stones.  The stones were removed; the tile was left.  A strut and piece of sima were found here.

The lion head and statue and sima fragments were lifted from PQ/83.  None were lying directly on the floor.  There was dirt and tile beneath and around them.












  • Find #17
  • M-Q/84-85
  • 30 cm
  • Bucc. strap handle
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Abbey Collins. "AC I (1984-07-16):248-265; 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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