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July 19, 1979

A.M.

Work continued with trowels in the new extension of T23.  Because so much ivory was found in meters EE-II/14, it was expected that meters EE-II/13 would also produce a great deal of ivory.  However, excavation in EE-II/13 has proved otherwise.  This morning's excavation in meters FF-GG/13 has not produced a single fragment of ivory.

The soil continues to be redish in color and full of tile fragments - yet it contains no ivory.  Some bronze slag has been found.  Meters FF-HH/13 also contain very little pottery.  The only significant pottery find is a large part of a course ware vessel.  Most of HH/13 and FF/13 have been excavated to a depth of c. 40 cms.

Some excavation was done among the roots of a stump in meters GG/14-15.  This area produced a few sporadic ivory finds and some bronze slag.

Thus, ivory finds in T23 meters DD-II/13-16 continue to be sporadic and unpredictable.

19790221

19790221
  • Find #9
  • GG-13
  • Tile layer
  • c. 40 cm
  • An almost complete worked ivory inset - half-round in shape and decorated with two incised lines

19790178

  • Find #11
  • GG-14
  • Tile layer
  • c. 40 cm
  • Bronze - with a worked hole through it

19790264

19790264
  • Find #12
  • GG-13
  • Tile layer
  • c. 60 cm
  • Several joining fragments from a large course (red) ware vessel.  There appears to be a complete profile.

19790194

19790194
  • Find #13
  • EE-16
  • Tile layer
  • c. 40 cm
  • A large fragment of painted ridgepole tile, preserved in five joining pieces

P.M.

Excavation continued in meters EE-13, FF-13, and GG-13.  Meter GG-13 produced a few fragments of ivory.  Meters EE-13 and FF-13 produced no ivory.  Though EE-GG/13 did produce a lot of tile, almost no pottery was found.  The present floor level in EE-GG/13 is approximately 40 cms.

One worker spent most of the afternoon excavating with a trowel and a seive in HH-16.  This area produced no ivory, pottery, or bronze - just a bit of tile.

Another worker spent most of the afternoon excavating meters EE-FF/16.  This area produced a great deal of tile and a large pithos rim.  Some bucchero was found.

A large quantity of plaster - some burned - continues to be found throughout the trench at the 40 cm level.

19720232

19720232
  • Find #3
  • GG-13
  • Tile layer
  • c. 40 cm
  • A complete worked black ivory rectangle
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Matthew Caras. "MC III (1979-07-19):63-75; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 23 Extension/1980, ID:391". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <http://opencontext.org/documents/c30555f7-5d4b-4530-b5f4-554fa2eb70a2>

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