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August 3, 1971

Four areas were being excavated today: in T9\' for the wall and flat rocks, in T9 11-13 for the rock cut, in the rock fill (roughly B-C 7-13), and in a test trench tot he west, still following T9 grid system, V-W 10-13.

Work was almost completed in T9\', revealing in toto 9 flat rocks along the wall at regular intervals. The finds north of the wall in T9\' 1-7 except for terra cottas are scanty especially compared to T9\' 8-11 and T9 N-R 3-4, or the area farther east north of the wall.

T9 N-R 11-13 is finished unless it seems necessary to uncover the rock layer in which the cut is laid more clearly. Tiles do puup up here and there. The rocks are fill rather than bedrock and become scarcer toward the east. The cut in the rock would appear to be a drain which goes into a sort of basin from which water would filter out through the randomly placed mass of rocks beyond (see p ).

An akroterion fragment was the notable find.

The fill taken out in B-C 11-13 yielded 2 boxes of tiles dumped, a few sherds, a well preserved piece of cornice, a bucchero rocchetto fragment, and a large pocket of plaster which included one piece possibly preserving red paint on the flat side. The strata were confused but seemed to be a mass of large stones over a layer of clay and tiles, and then a deep pocket of plaster and clay going down the sloping face of the bedrock. In C13 several large tile fragments appeared beneath the plaster and in C11 was a white calcareous deposit on the bedrock face and very little plaster.

Test trench T9 V-W 11-13 had only the layer of topsoil removed, which gave less than 1/2 box of tiles.


  • Find #3
  • T9 Q11 40 cm
  • Fragment of ridgepole tile with vertical flange and scar on it = fragment of ridgepole akroterion

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Tamsen Fuller. "TF I (1971-08-03):81-88; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 9/1971, ID:382". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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