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Friday June 17, 2005


The day began with a pick pass of ca. 5 cm.

During pickaxing, more rocks were uncovered in the northern baulk wall.  We began to define the rocks in order to explore the possibility that this could be part of the retaining wall.  During the definition of the rocks, a piece of unusually large terracotta was found.

This piece was found vry close to the rocks of the wall.

We continued to define the rocks, and they are now visible along the entire northern wall of the trench.  The line of rocks lines up well with the large rocks now visible in T-42C to the east of T-42B.

The dig director confirmed the probable presence of a portion of the retaining wall in the northern baulk wall of T-42B.  He suggested that the rest of the trench be brought down a further 10 cm and that a 2 x 2 extension trench be extended off the northern wall.

In accordance with  this plan, work was continued in the trench in hopes of going down 10 cm so that the extension could be opened promptly.


The pick pass was cleaned up and the floor of the trench was swept in preparation for closing elevations and photos for Locus 2.

Closing elevations for Locus 2 were as follows:

  • NW     92 cm b.d.      25.31 m absolute elevation
  • NE     127 cm b.d.      24.96 m m absolute elevation
  • SW     --- *1               ----
  • SE     162.5 cm b.d.     24.605 m absolute elevation

*1  We were unable to measure the SW corner because of interferance from a tree.

*2  No measurement of the centerpoint was taken.

Further pick passes were taken.  During sifting, a fragment of what may be a rochetto fragment was found.

Locus 2 consisted of dark brown soil that was similar in color to Locus 1 (the humus layer) but lacked the concentration of fine roots and plant matter that was characteristic of Locus 1.  Locus 3 was lighter in appearance than locus 1 or 2 and lacked thin, fine rooots or plant matter, though large and medium sized roots fromt eh many trees and stumps still present in the trench were encountered.

Material Yeild for June 17:


  • 1 bowl of bulk terracotta
  • 1 special find


  • 1 bowl of bulk terracotta
  • 1 special find
  • 34 pottery sherds


  • Locus 3
    • 9 coarseware
    • 2 fineware
    • 17 impasto
    • [28 total - 2 plaster fragments, 1 tile fragment were removed as well as several rocks]
    • 1 handle (coarseware)
    • 3 rims (2 coarseware, 1 impasto)
    • 24 body

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Sonia Amaral Rohter. "SAR II (2005-06-17):23-30; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 42B/2005, ID:556/Locus 2". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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