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20 July 2017


Work began with opening photos for Locus 6.  It consists of a lighter brown soil extending across the CA87 extension, so following the same coordinates as Locus 5.  There are still stumps and a number of smaller roots.  Opening elevations are the same as those for closing yesterday.


Locus 6 Opening Elevations:

NW: 27.03 mAE

NE: 27.08 mAE

SE: 26.98 mAE

SW: 27.06 mAE


Locus 6 corresponds to Locus 2.  A pick pass was done across Locus 6.  Another pass was done.  A diagnostic bone fragment was found.


Special Find #17: diagnostic bone


26.91 mAE


A sherd of ridged pottery was found.


Special Find #18: ridged pottery


26.89 mAE


A fair amount of bone is being found in one area, about 2/3 of a meter from the west and 1/4m from the southern end of the extension.  A piece of porous, non-native stone was found.


Special Find #19: non-native stone


27.00 mAE


Another pass across the locus was done.  Another piece of the porous stone was found; despite modern break edges, no obvious join between the pieces was found so the new piece is its own small find.


Special Find #20: non-native stone


26.94 mAE


A diagnostic bone fragment was found.


Special Find #21: diagnostic bone


26.83 mAE


More of the porous non-native stone was found in a significant cluster.  It seems to have been broken by the pickaxe; it will be treated as one small find.


Special Find #22: non-native stone (22 pieces)


26.91 mAE


The find is likely associated with finds 19 and 20; the stone fragments are identical to those.



Another pick pass was done, picking lighter in the S of the extension where the level is approaching that of the stone feature that makes up Locus 4.  While picking, two possible horse teeth were found.


Special Find #23: teeth (horse)


27.01 mAE


While sorting, more of the porous stone was found, still in the N of the extension.


Special Find #24: non-native stone


26.99 mAE


A tooth was found.


Special Find #25: tooth


26.91 mAE


Another diagnostic bone was found.


Special Find #26: diagnostic bone


26.86 mAE


Because the extension is approaching the level of the Locus 4 stone feature, hand picks and trowels were used to even the locus out and bring it down fully to level.  Some stones seem to be appearing nearer to the Locus 4 feature, these will be defined more clearly to determine any relationship between them.  Small amounts of carbon were found roughly 1m south of the N wall of the extension and 50cm east of its W wall, but not enough for any testing.  Closing elevations were taken.


Closing Elevations (extension):

NW: 26.89 mAE

NE: 27.02 mAE

SE: 26.87 mAE

26.84 mAE


End of Day Totals:

Terra Cotta: ½ bowl

Pottery: 64 sherds (1/2 box)

Bone: 97 fragments (1/4 box)

Descriptive Variable Value(s)
Document Type Trench Book Entry
Start Page 53
End Page 61
Trench Book Entry Date 2017-07-20
Entry Year 2017
Trench CA87
Title CA87 (AJM) excavation, p. 53-61
Entry Type Excavation
Property or Relation Value(s)
Temporal Coverage
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Arthur J. Maroney. "CA87 (2017-07-20):53-61; Excavation from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Civitate A/Civitate A87/CA87 2017". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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