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18 June, Tuesday, morning

Pottery 2 latte

Tile 1.5

Plaster .33

We continue to clean down around the rock packing in O-P 86-89, exposing a fair amount of terracotta, plaster and pottery as well, also around the tile concentration in Q 88-89 as we dig with spades and brushes, through the more sparsely packed clayey soil in P-Q 85-87.  Additional photographs are taken, emphasizing a flat piece of terracotta with a curved edge, which seemed to be a cut-out akroterion, but which turns out to be the end of a flaring section with a central hole (No. 4).  We then begin to remove the stones, finding wedged among them fairly numerous, and relatively large, fragments of tile and of pottery, but also plaster.  Here too, the plaster-filled "destruction soil" appears, at the border of O and P 86, for example, at c. 20-25 cm. from the surface.  In O 86 carbonized matter is especially apparent at this level, wehre among large chunks of plaster and tile fragments, a fragmenary bronze object appears (No. 5).  Fragments of pottery sometimes appear in clumps; these include rim fragments from impasto pots of type M and one from from the groove-rimmed type L; very little bucchero.  One fragment of a large strap handle, bears a neatly incised "X" (No. 3).  Very close by, the object noted above seems to belong to a small furnace or cooking stand (No. 4).  Several interesting tile and plaster fragments are saved, some noted (Nos. 2, 6).  Two fragments of bone also appear.  Of the tile and plaster fragments, a significant proportion is burned or partially vitrified (eg. No. 1).


  • Find #3
  • O 78 (south edge) tile/rock paking
  • impasto strap handle with incised "X"


  • Find #4
  • P 88 rock packing (north-east corner of grid)
  • fragment of heavy terracotta utility object.  furnace? with incised "X" (?)

Tuesday, 18 June, afternoon

We searched for stray tiles and other objects in the year's wash-out, complete the exposure of last year's column bases, excepting that in the N-E corner of the trench, expose and clean the floor and unfired tiles in S-W 69-73, and continue removing the protective soil in X-Y 71-72.

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L. Ron Lacy. "LRL II (1985-06-18):55-65; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1985, ID:434". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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