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August 1, 1972


Worked both east and west of approx. \'red area wall,\' as yesterday.

Eastern edge of this wall was well cleared off by Antonio and showed an approx. N-S line of irregular stones of middle size, colored red on upper surface, upon which red material rests.  There seems to be no break in the wall in grids B-D/1-2.

West part of trench (B-D/0-1)

Pictures taken.  Tile fragments in B/1 visible on right-hand picture (making up an entire pan tile?) were lifted.  Still more tile and pan tile fragments below these, in grids B/0-1.  Yellow sur-

face mentioned on p. 178 was prob. not pavement, as believed earlier.  Numerous pan and cover tile fragments collected at trench edge to be tried.  Among these were found:


Going still further down in B/0-1, we finally hit upon stones which probably = bedrock.  Tile and pottery fragments continued all the way down, though not in quantity.  Soil of a clayey consistency, yellowish, containing carbon, still labelled (B).  No clear \'pavement\' level seemed to occur.  Depth reached in B/0-1 is ca. 95 cm from uppermost pres. surface of NS UB wall in B/0.

Work continued southwards, C/0-1.  \'Carbon area\' mentioned on p. 176 and p. 180 soon turned up here, even entering grid B/0.  This area slopes steadily towards north; it covers the greater part of B-D/0-1.  In its northern part, in C(B)/0-1, it is found on a clearly lower level than the foundation stone layer of both UB wall and \'red area\' wall; thus it should belong to lower building.

When the surface of \'carbon area\' had been disclosed, we started digging into it, lifting stones (loose), tile, and pottery fragments.  A big fragment of cut-out akroterion:


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Numerous tile (esp. cover tiles) and pottery fragments; no remarkable bucchero.  Quality of bones increased markedly southwards.  Also, \'carbon layer\' seems to increase in depth towards south.  Area not finished, 1 1/2 strawberry boxes of small-size pottery in B-C/0-1.

East part of trench (B-D/2-3)

Picture taken of B-D/2-3 in the morning.  A rather compact layer of stones of small and medium size mixed with tile and pottery fragments covers whole area except northern half of B/2-3.  In righthand corner in the foreground of the picture is visible a pezzo of same character left out earlier on a higher level, as it was suspected to make up part of a wall, owing to its hard consistency.

Work was started by lifting stones/tiles

in C/2-3 (arrow in pictures), whereby many more and much bigger fragments of tiles appeared right below.  Here certainly no wall.  We proceeded southwards in the same way, removing higher-level pezzo mentioned.  Towards profile wall in C-D/3, stones seem more compact, and in D/3 a big stone (visible length) which seemed regularly cut turned up (western part visible).

Immediately north of this, a hard stone pack.  This indicates a N-S wall: following same line as stones cleared off earlier in G-H/3???  Doubtful.  Right beside the big stone is a fallen covertile (entire?).  A concentration of clay plaster with reed imprints next to northern end of stone.

A picture of B-D/2-3 was taken at 5 o\'clock, showing the uncovered big tile fragments and the stone in D/3.

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Eva Rystedt. "ER II (1972-08-01):183-192; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro Rectangle/Tesoro Rectangle 5/1972, ID:435". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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