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Introduction:

Excavation of T-26 1982 resulted in the discovery of a building with a terracotta-mortar floor and large stone column bases(see MT books V , VI , VII ). Excavation continued in this area in 1983 (see MT book VIII ). To summarize the finds, in addition to ivory fragments, bronze artifacts, unfired covertiles, stacked pan-tiles, clay 'waster' clumps and large pithos fragments there were also found a series of terracotta heads, feline waterspouts, akroterion fragments and, most importantly, an almost complete pan-tile with the lateral sima and waterspout attachment intact (see MT book VIII pp. 80-85 , 145-151 ). This discovery along with other architectural decoration aids in:

a) reconstructing the roofing structure of whatever building such decoration was meant for

b) in securing a time period for the T-26 building - now felt to be contemporary with the 'lower' building or intermediate between the 'upper' and 'lower' buildings.

Additionally the T-26 1983 season further defined the limits of the T-26 building and continued to support the 'workshop' hypothesis.

Goals for the 1984 season include:

1) to further define the perimeter of the T-26 building and to expose the entire floor.

2) to recover all artifacts associated with this building with emphasis being placed on terracotta heads and structural attachments. This will aid in:

a) determining the time period of the building

b) the function of the building

3) to determine how and why the building was destroyed

4) to carefully protect and document all artifacts associated with the building and the building itself with the concentrations left ‘in situ’.

5) to further define artifact locations and general stratigraphy by increased emphasis on position. To this end, in addition to the grid system used by Mark Tobey and Matthew Caras (see MT book II p. 77 and ), a letter designation shall now be employed to further specify stratigraphical location:

a) directly above floor

b) in a burn layer

c) in a plaster tile concentration

d) below floor

All depth measurements shall be taken in centimeters to the existing ground line.

5) cont.

It is hoped that this may aid in determining whether:

a) the architectural decoration belonged to and fell from the roof of the T-26 building

b) were deposited in the T-26 building area from another building

For further discussion see the Introduction in (1983) and (1982).

Note: Casette of tile, boxes of bone, boxes of pottery shall be counted as follows: 1-I, 2-II, 3-III, 4-IIII Â…

- One tile cassetta measures approx. 50x30x10 cm.

- One pottery box measures approx. 10x10x8 cm for a ‘strawberry box’ and a 8x9x10 cm for a ‘latte’ container.

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Abbey Collins. "AC I (1984-06-11):1-17; Introduction from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1984, ID:117". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <http://opencontext.org/documents/e9699522-650a-41df-b9c6-bba7c9b262fd>

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