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Monday, 17/07/2006


Work began with a pick pass in the northeast corner of the trench, as this area had not been picked on Friday, 14/07/2006 and is at a higher elevation than the rest of the trench.  Soil is dark, clay-like, and mottled and is sorted directly into buckets.  Once this quarter was picked, the entire trench was excavated using trowels.  However, shortly after the start of troweling, it was decided to pick again in order to excavate faster.  The entire trench will be excavated using the pick except for the area approximately 1m east of the western baulk wall; here a great deal of red slip pottery was recovered and there may be a tile spread in the southwest quarter of the trench.

The pick pass was begun in the eastern half of the trench moving west.  During this pick pass, an iron fragment was recovered (Find #1).  Another pick pass was begun in the eastern part of the trench moving west toward the concentration of tiles in the western part of the trench.  Soil remains dark, mottled, and claylike and is sorted directly into buckets.  A few sherds of red slip pottery have been recovered and they will now be separated out and designated bulk red slip pottery.


Locus 5 continues to be excavated with the pick axe and sorted directly into buckets.  The soil remains dark, mottled and claylike with an abundance of terracotta tiles and cramics.  More red slip pottery sherds have been recovered.  There still remains a concentration of tiles in the western portion of the trench although these lie at many different angles.

Once this pick pass was completed and cleaned up, another pick pass was initiated, beginning in the north of the trench and working south.  Soil is sorted directly into buckets and remains dark, mottled, and clay-like.  During this pick pass, a piece of vitrified terracotta (Find #2), a piece of ridged pottery (Find #3), and a terracotta pantile with a possible thumb impression (Find #4) were recovered.  Another pick pass was completed in the eastern portion of the trench, where soil remained the same and there was a good amount of pottery and terracotta.  Very little bone has been recovered from this locus in comparison to the amount of tile and ceramics.


  • Find #1
  • Locus 5
  • 12.57S/0.51E
  • 16cm a.d.
  • Iron fragment, possibly rusted nail, approximately 3cm long, heavily coroded.


  • Find #2
  • Locus 5
  • 13.42S/0.32W
  • 18cm a.d.
  • Vitrified terracotta tile fragment, approximately 10cm long, fabric has turned purple.


  • Find #4
  • Locus 5
  • 13.80S/0.93E
  • 4cm a.d.
  • Terracotta pantile fragment with thumb impression, approximately 8cm long.

Locus 5

  • Tile: 11 bowls
  • Pottery: 579 sherds
  • Bone: 24 pieces
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Katharine R. Kreindler. "VT 6 (2006-07-17):32-34; Daily Log from Italy/Vescovado di Murlo/Upper Vescovado/Vescoavdo 6/2006, ID:583/Locus 5". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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