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Daily Log Entry for Tuesday, 10 July 2007



Continued trimming the baulks and leveling the trench in preperation for Locus 4 photos.  The soil definetly changing.  It is lighter and seems chalkier, espeically in the south.  We may still be working in the Archaic surface, but we have definetly moved beneath the tile spreads, since no more large fragments of roofing tile have been found.  While leveling the floor of the trench we found a piece of butchered bone (Find #1) and while trimming the baulks in the NE corner we found a small spindle whorl (Find #2).  After the trench had been prepped, we declared Locus 4 and took opening elevations and photos.  Locus 4 is the layer beneath the tile spread and maybe the surface.  The next few pick passes will determine if we are still working in the surface on in the post-Orientalizinf fill.  We started work in Locus 4 by picking the northern section of the trench.  The soil is heavily mottled and contains small, white, black, and orange inclusions.  Similar mottled soil has been found in the NE corner and under some of the tiles in the NE tile spreads but so far it has not yet extended into the middle of the trench until this pick pass.  The soil still contains lots of

small to medium-sized rocks (about 10 cm long).  While sorting the dirt from the north section, we found found a sherd of black slip pottery (Find #3) and a bronze fragment (Find #4).  After we sorted the dirt in the north section we picked in the middle section.  While we sorted the dirt, we found an unusual terracotta fragment, which might possibly be a statue fragment (Find #5).  The soil in the middle section contains fewer rocks and less mottling, but is mostly similar to the soil in the north.  Both yielded pottery, terracotta, bone, plaster, and small carbon chuncks.


Locus 4 Opening Elevations











  • FIND #2
  • Spindle Whorl
  • Baulk Trim
  • 188.61 E, 45.23 S
  • 27.57 abs. elev.


After lunch, we picked in the south section of the the trench.  The soil is similar to the middle section in that it is mottled like the north, but with fewer inclusions, especially the orange terracotta bits.  The soil

also contains fewer rocks, although a few medium-sized (about 10 cm) are present.  The pick pass revealed a piece of bronze (Find #6) and a coin-shaped piece of what is either bone or antler (Find #7).  A deep pick pass (5-6 cm) was made in the western section of the trench.  The soil here is also mottled but contains so far the fewest inclusions and almost no small orange inclusions.  The soil also contains pottery, bone, plaster, and terracotta.  Three sherds of ridged pottery (but not from the same vessel) were extracted. (Finds 8-10).  An unusual piece of terracotta was also found and made a find (Find #11).  Towards the end of the day and as we were finishing sorting the dirt from the western section pick pass, we found a bowl lying upside down, with a sherd missing (bowl had fresh breaks.)  Beneath the bowl was some bone and what at first seemed like different dirt.  To perserve the contents we tried to extract the bowl & the dirt, but closer inspection revealed that the dirt under the bowl was the same as Locus 4.





  • 1/8 Bowl Terracotta (17 pcs)


  • 1 Bowl Terracotta
  • x Latte Box Pottery
  • x Latte Box Bone


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Joseph R. Vansuch. "JRV I (2007-07-10):3-14; Daily Log Entry for Tuesday, 10 July 2007 from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 45/2007, ID:584/Locus 3". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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