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Daily Log Entry for Thursday, 12 July 2007



Work started with a pick pass in the northern section.  It rained last night, but it has not affected the soil - we are not working in mud.  Soil in the NW corner is noticibly different.  It is lighter in color and contains almost no artifacts, but it does contain roots.  The color is an olive brown brown and it is much chalkier than the hard parked clay to the east.  The rest of the north section is still a medium dark brown clay, but it is becoming less mottled.  While sorting dirt in the NE, we found a piece of bronze.  (Find #1)  Bedrock is appearing in the NE corner.  We also worked on the baulks in the SW.  While sorting the dirt from that, we found a sherd from a fenestrated vessel.  (Find #2).  This suggests that we may have worked through the archaic surface.  We picked in the middle section, and the soil seems to be getting lighter, but it still contains pottery, bone, plaster, and terracotta.  We then picked in the southern and western sections of the trench.  Soil is darker, like the north section on Tuesday, 10 July. It is also much more mottled with orange, white, & black inclusions.  Soil from the north section seems to slope downwarrds towards S.

A piece of drilled bone was found near the rocks by the SE corner of the roped-off stone feature (Find #3) and a black slip handle sherd was found in the southern section (Find #4).  A frieze plaque cavetto was also found in the southern section (Find #5).




Picked northern and middle meters of trench.  The soil in the NE is very dark, almost black and mottled.  It is very clayey.  The black soil is confined to the NE corner and does not extend far into the rest of the trench.  The chalky, light soil in the NW is also confined to that corner.  The pick pass in the middle was to determine the extent of both soil spreads.  Niether extend far, but both will be declared new loci tomorrow for even light for photos.  The soil in the middle section is still medium dark brown & is mottled with white, orange, and black inclusions.  The edges of the trench in the south and west were brought down and baulk walls  on the eastern edge of the roped-off area were trimmed.




  • 3  3/4 Bowls Terracotta
  • 5  1/2 Latte Boxes Pottery
  • 2 Latte Boxes Bone


  • 1/3 Bowl Terracotta
  • 1/5 Latte Box Pottery
  • 1/5 Latte Box Bone

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Joseph R. Vansuch. "JRV I (2007-07-12):17-26; Daily Log Entry for Thursday, 12 July 2007 from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 45/2007, ID:584/Locus 3". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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