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4 July 2016

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VT 13 is a 4m by 5m trench which shares an eastern baulk wall with VT-11 .  Elevations will be taken using a datum point on the eastern wall of the tennis courts with an elevation of 306.21 masl.  Opening photos and opening elevations were taken.

Locus 1 opening elevations:

NE- 305.08 masl

NE- 305.09 masl

SE- 305.09 masl

SW- 305.06 masl

Locus 1 opening elevations:

NW- -24.74 east; -1.1 north

NE- -19.96 east; -0.22 north

SE- -19.15 east; -4.91 north

SW- -24.35 east; -6.45 north

Locus 1 is a hard packed clay and pebble mixture associated with the making of the tennis courts.  The tennis court fill stratigraphy includes a red hard packed sandy which covers a layer of densely packed rock and pebbles.  Under the pebbles a layer of thick brown clay with inclusions of rock and a very small amount of terracotta.  The last

of VT-13

layer of the fill is a bright blue heavy clay layer.  Because the stratigraphy in VT 11 and VT 12 has proved to be the same as VT 7 , 8 , 9 , and 10 it was decided to remove each layer of the tennis court fill together as Locus 1 . Locus 1 was opened and picking began pulling back the fill from the eastern baulk wall shared with VT 11 .

The fill was picked and removed using shovels.  6 pickpasses were done pulling the fill back about a meter and dropping it to the level of VT 11 .  Picking continues down to the blue clay and towards the west.  A very small amount of terracotta, about 1/8 of a bowl has been recovered.  A small fragment of medieval pottery was found in the fill and saved in the pottery box.  In an additional pickpass a piece of slipped pottery was found.  Picking continues moving to the west of the trench.  An additional fragment of glazed medieval pottery was found while sorting in the wheelbarrow.  An additional pickpass was done through the blue clay and farther west.


Two pickpasses continued west working west from the edge exposed this morning.  Two pithos fragments were found in the central meter of the pickpass.  Additionally, three white rocks have been exposed close to the southern baulk wall in the dark blue clay layer of the fill.  Picking continues west with about 2.5m of the trench remaining to pick.  Terracotta and pottery are being found within the dark blue clay

and range from ancient to modern and very worn to well preserved.  When the clay becomes too difficult to shovel it is being broken up by and into buckets.  Wood is also being found such as a worked wooden stake.  More rocks are being exposed near the southern baulk wall.

Closing elevations

Locus 1 :

SE- 304.82 masl

NE- 304.80 masl

Closing totals:

Terracotta- 1 bowl

Pottery- 33 pcs.

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Nora K. Donoghue. "VT 13 (2016-07-04):21-30; 4 July 2016 from Italy/Vescovado di Murlo/Upper Vescovado/Vescovado 13/2016, ID:723/Locus 1". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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