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14 July 2016


Over the course of the night, there was rain. Consequently, the ground was too damp to excavate, and the decision was made to trim the baulk walls. We are also taking this opportunity to draw the linear / curving rock feature in VT11 . Also note stones, perhaps related, are emerging in VT13 to the west. The drawing was completed overleaf following this, once the area had dried sufficiently, excavation began. We initially excavated in the SW meter of Locus 3 and along the linear stone feature emerging in Locus 3 . Soil in Locus 2 remains olive-brown with a large piece of charcoal south of linear feature about 1m from west.

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Also in this area was recovered much tile (1 bowl) and 1 carton of pottery, a large tooth, and some bone. South of the emerging stone feature in Locus 3 more tile was found along with some burnt not vitrified pottery. We worked using mini-picks and trowels.

Special Find #1:

Tile with siglum

Locus 2

3.7 S / 17.92 W

304.49 m A.S.L.

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Excavation resumed in Locus 2 and Locus 3 . Handpicks and trowels were used to loosen the soil in both areas. Pick axes were also used to Locus 2 . The primary goal remained the same to continue to explore via defining and cleaning the rock feature. In Locus 2 , frequent inclusions of tile and pottery (mostly coarseware with some fineware) as well as plaster were found. In Locus 3 , there were frequent inclusions of tile, especially flanges, as well as pottery, including 3 large fragments of storage vessels. These 3 fragments came from the north of the rock feature, where a 30cm-wide area of soil was removed in order to better understand the construction (and possible collapse) of this feature. Approximately 2.5 m from the eastern baulk wall in Locus 3 (at the bend in the rock feature) and on the southern portion of Locus 3 , several

more deposits of charcoal were found. No sample was taken since one was collected yesterday, and this sample came from this same area. A tooth was also found approximately 1.5m north of the southern trench line and 2.5m west of the eastern trench line. Two special finds were also found: two sherds of pottery.

Special Find #1

Chimney Cover Brick (?)

Locus 2

Coordinates: 3.5 S/18.3 W

Elevation: 304.58 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #3:

Pottery with Paint

Locus 2

Coordinates: 3.5 S/18 W

Elevation: 304.61 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #2

Pottery Base with Slip

Locus 2

Coordinates: 3.2 S/18.08 W

Elevation: 304.59 m A.S.L.

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Closing Totals:

Locus 2 :

Tile and plaster: 4-1/4 bowls

Pottery: 82 sherds

Locus 3 :

Tile and plaster: 2 bowls

Pottery: 28 sherds

Baulk walls (trim):

Tile and plaster: ca. 10 fragments

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Eóin M. O'Donoghue. "VT 11 (2016-07-14):120-131; Daily Log from Italy/Vescovado di Murlo/Upper Vescovado/Vescovado 11/2016, ID:718/Locus 2". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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