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The stratigraphy in T 26 meters K-M/63-70 was very clear and easy to discern. However, it was not completely uniform throughout and also included some features which must be mentioned.

THere are three basic stratigraphic areas. The first is meters K-M/63-65. A section of one baulk in this area can be found on p.126 of NM III . It should be noted that topsoil here was considered as only the uppermost layer of humus, whereas in past year the second layer (called grey breen here) has been included in the topsoil. These layers were both generally devoid of material. The next layer - yellow beige with rocks - was a cery clear line of white rock which actually was an extension of the rockpack exposed in meters K-L(M)/66-68. The next layer maintained the same yellow soil, but lost the rocks and began to pick up small bits of plaster and heavier concentration of ceramic material. The actual plaster layer was very red in this area and in effect, was split into the red plaster and plaster layers on the architects final section. It should be noted that the red plaster layer dipped down and terminated begore the L(M) baulk -therefore it does not appear in hte L (M)/65-68 section. Below hte red plaster a distinct dark grey/black burn layer was visible.

The second area was the exposed rockpack in meters K-M/66-68. THe stratigraphy here followed the same pattern as mentioned above except the rockpack dipped down slightly in elevation and, as mentioned above the plaster layer did not have the deep red layer. Though this area was not fully excavated, it is evident that a concentration of tile (and probably pithos) exists

in meter 65 running N/S. It should also be noted that a fair amount of ivory was found in meter 68 at ca 110-116 cm below datum.

The third area includes meters K-L(M)/69-70. These meters exibited the usual upper layers and plaster, however, aline of tile and pithos fragments running roughly N/S was also an evident feature. This line began ca 1 meter below surface and continued for app. 30 cm. The line was concentrated in meter 69. This tile/pithos concentration seemed to affect the soil, thus meter 70 preserved soil from upper grey/green layer longer. Under the tile/pithos layer (130cm bd) a dark grey/black burn layer was soon encountered, which extended through the entire area. This layer preserved an extremely heavy concentration of animal bones.

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Nathan Meyer. "NM IIIa (1990-08-02):30-33; Stratigraphy Summary from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1990, ID:137". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <http://opencontext.org/documents/c0884c4d-d886-4037-9a4d-f5c94b38274c>

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