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June 15, 1982

A.M.

Tile: 15

Pottery: 4

Work began in meter T-79 with students continuing to uncover the mortar "floor."

A new cut was also begun in meters R-77-78

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bringing the trench floor level to a depth of 60 cm.  The cut was continued north into Q, P-77, 78.  A concentration of lateral sima fragments was found.  After the initial concentration was removed, a few "finds" were found.  At 55-60 cm in meters Q-77, 78 a large trapazoidal flat stone was uncovered (diagonal dimensions of 35 cm x 37 cm).  It appeared to be composed of shale-like red stone.  This was left in place.  Above this stone the soil was red-brown, rusty, though it contained only an average amount of tile.  The soil was very powdery, easily broken-up, which differed from the harder soil above it.

Overall the soil of this cut is red-brown, moreso towards the bottom of the cut.  Conspicuously absent from this cut is the high concentration of tile usually encountered at this level in the T23/T26 region.  In its place there appears to be a mortar "floor" in T-79 and a large flat stone in Q-77, 78.  However, a great deal of tile was encountered for most of the tile recovered today.

The mortar floor which was being

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uncovered in T-79 at 40-50 cm continued to be uncovered towards the north into S-79.  Here it was found to run over a stone and perhaps end.

The stone which were present at 30 cm in P, Q, R-78 were removed as they were determined to be random.  The cut was then extended to the east.  As mentioned the soil in meters P, Q, R-79 contained much more tile, was less red than the soil to the west.  Though less red the soil still was still red-brown with scattered chunks of carbon, and plaster.  Note that today the 60-50 cm cut was extended to include meters P, Q, R-77-78-79 except for the eastern portions of the "79" meters and the southern portion of the "R" meters.  Note also that a large flat terracotta surface was uncovered and left in place in meter R-79 at a depth of 55 cm.  Note also the small amount of pottery from this cut.

Of particular interest is the fact that at all the lateral sima fragments located near meter Q-77 seemed to be concentrated with no other finds nearby.  The two "rabbit" heads found were found also in concentrations of later sima fragments.

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  • Find #12
  • Q-78
  • 60 cm below surface
  • possible lateral sima fragment

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  • Find #14
  • P-79
  • 60 cm below surface
  • ribbed terracotta fragment (in 4 pieces)

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  • Find #16
  • R-79
  • 60 cm below surface
  • a complete "rabbitt's head" (underside is concave)

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  • Find #17
  • R-79
  • 60 cm below surface
  • two adjoining fragments of a lateral sima

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  • Find #23
  • Q-79
  • 60 cm below surface
  • lateral sima in three fragments

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  • Find #24
  • P, Q, R-77, 78, 79
  • 60 cm below surface
  • bucchero handle with stamped animal (found in pottery box)

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P.M.

Tile: 11

Pottery: 1/4

The eastern portion of meters P, Q, R-79 were taken down to 60 cm.  The soil remained similar to that described in same area this morning.  The cut was also extended south in meter R-77.  There were no finds this afternoon, though chips of bronze and glassy slag were found.  For plan of trench after today's excavation see page 65

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Mark Tobey. "MT V (1982-06-15):41-67; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1982, ID:112". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-03. Open Context. <http://opencontext.org/documents/e93ef4e1-a381-4251-a9e5-3d651d46c331>

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