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Thursday, 30 July, 2015


The morning's work begins with a pick pass through the northernmost section of Locus 7 , which is located to the south of the location of the linear rock feature that is projected to have extended from T-79 through the central area of T-78 and which resumes in T-81. Since Locus 7 is several centimeters above the floor surface that was revealed in T-66, a pickaxe was determined to be the most efficient method of excavation. However, at the end of the workday yesterday, a few stones began to appear a few centimeters under the soil of Locus 7 in the southernmost and easterly areas; therefore, in that area excavation will continue to be using handpicks and trowels in order that potentially significant stones are left in place. Soil from Locus 7 is hand-sorted into buckets and dumped into a wheelbarrow.

Soil from Locus 7 is a medium yellowish brown and claylike, with white inclusions and very little stoney inclusions.

Because Locus 6 represents the stone feature in the central meters of where the eastern baulk wall had been and which extends into T-81, no further excavation will take place in that area today. Additionally, Locus 8 , which is the area to the north of Locus 7 and west of Locus 6 , will also remain unexcavated for the time being. Consequently, in order to reveal a potential floor surface in T-78 that was found in T-66, work will concentrate in Locus 7 for now.

While sorting soil from the first pick pass in the northern area of Locus 7 , a fragment of diagnostic bone was found. Diagnostic bone will be specially found in case of the artifact containing significant information. Coordinates and elevation for the diagnostic bone (Find #1) were taken.

A second pick pass was made through the northernmost area of Locus 7 . At the same time, the stones in the southern meter of Locus 7 are

being defined. Soil is still medium yellowish brown and claylike with white inclusions. Soil is hand-sorted into buckets and dumped into a wheelbarrow.

Special Finds


\xb7 Locus 7

\xb7 26.89 mAE

\xb7 108.22E/41.91S

\xb7 Diagnostic bone

Two more pick passes were made in the diagonal meter in the northern section of Locus 7 . There are some stone inclusions of palm-size, and well as some decaying roots. More pottery sherds than tile have so far been recovered from the entirely of Locus 7 , and few bone. While the soil from the pick pass was being sorted, the southernmost edge and the stones in the southeastern section of Locus 7 are being defined. Soil is

medium yellowish brown with white inclusions and is claylike. Dirt is hand-sorted into buckets and dumped.

Another pick pass was made. In the northern section of Locus 7 . Soil is medium yellowish brown and claylike with white inclusions and palm-sized stone inclusions. In the southern meter of the trench, the soil is being carefully lowered using handpicks and trowels. The rocks in the southeastern corner of the trench are being further defined.

While shoveling the soil from the pick pass, a section of the southeastern portion appeared to have a large amount of decaying plaster. Because of this, we will remove the soil from this pick pass and scrape the trench to see how far it continues. Soil is still hand-sorted into buckets and dumped over a wheelbarrow. There is noticeably less material recovered from this pick pass than in prior ones today: a few sherds

of pottery, no tile, and little bone, apart from the large amount of decaying plaster in the southeastern region.


In the afternoon, work resumed with a scraping of the northern area of Locus 7 that had been picked and which had begun to show a large deposit of decaying plaster. To the south of this at the southern border of T-78, handpicks and trowels were used to bring down the soil level and define the stones.

In this area, in the southernmost meter of the trench, more stones in a seemingly linear formation are being revealed. We will continue to lightly peel neck the soil in this area to netter see the relationship among the stones.

While scraping the soil in the northern portion of Locus 7 where the decayed plaster in being revealed, a fragment of vitrified plaster (Find #2) was found. Coordinates and elevation were


Additionally, it appears that a floor surface is being revealed in the area in Locus 7 which also shows the large amount of decaying plaster. Work continues carefully in this area using trowels. Soil is hand-sorted into buckets and dumped in the wheelbarrow. There are little materials of any kind being found in this area apart from the decaying plaster, pottery, and some tile. A fragment of pottery laying horizontal on the floor surface on the westerly-central area of Locus 7 will be left in situ.

Special Finds


\xb7 Locus 7

\xb7 26.81 mAE

\xb7 107.93E/42.29S

\xb7 Vitrified plaster

Special Finds


\xb7 Locus 7

\xb7 26.81 mAE

\xb7 107.97E/43.17S

\xb7 Slag

While scraping in the northern section of Locus 7 to reveal the floor surface, trowels are being used in the southern meter to define stones. More stones are being revealed in an apparent linear formation, including some flat stones near the southwestern corner. There are very few finds from Locus 7 now.

Locus 7

\xb7 Tile: \xbc bowl

\xb7 Pottery: 70 shreds

\xb7 Bone: 9 fragments

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Katharine R. Kreindler. "KRK IX (2015-07-30):153-168; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 78/2015, ID:701/Locus 6". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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