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June 30, 2004


We trimmed the baulk walls and levelled the floor in the easter section of the original trench, then took photos of Locus 4.  We worked simultaneously in the eastern half of the trench and in the extension.  In the former, two pick-passes were made.  The soil was a light brown color and easily broken into small particles, the same as Tuesday's Locus 4 soil.  In the extension, we continued to define the rocks, trim baulk walls, and level Locus 2.  We did not yet declare Locus 3 in the extension but hope to do so Thursday.  More rocks appeared in the extension, but it was determined that they were not architectural due to their varying sizes and haphazard organization.  Therefore, we concentrated our efforts in the eastern section of the trench and moved into the western section in the P.M.

In the eastern section we exposed a tile spread of large pan tile pieces and began to define it.  The tiles were situated

along the eastern wall, near the 148 E line, so we removed the brush from T-21 (adjacent to our eastern wall) and trimmed the old western wall of T-21 to expose any more tile and to compare the stratigraphy with the soil we are now exposing.  The boundary between T-37 and T-21 is now better-defined and accessible.  We also began to pickaxe the rocks in the western half of the trench and to lower the area to Locus 4 in an attempt to finally even out the entire trench.  We will also lower the extension to Locus 4 and continue to work in the entire area for the remainder of the summer.


Performed two pick-passes in the western half of the trench, worked on the baulk walls, and levelled the floor.  More rocks were removed.  We exposed sandy brown soil in this area and declared Locus 4 in the western half of the trench and closed Locus 3.  Pictures will be taken Thursday.

Opening elevations- Locus 4 (west):

  • NW corner: 134.0 cm b.d.
  • NE corner: 132.0 cm b.d.
  • SE corner: 132.0 cm b.d.

The entire original trench is now on Locus 4.

Closing elevations (east):

  • NW corner: 133.5 cm b.d.
  • NE corner: 134.0 cm b.d.
  • SE corner: 131.0 cm b.d.

We found more bone and pottery in Locus 4 than in previous loci.

Locus 3: 2 1/2 cassette bulk terracotta; 79 pieces pottery; 8 pieces bone.

Locus 4: 2 1/4 cassette bulk terracotta; 48 pieces pottery; 6 pieces bone; 3 pieces plaster.

There was no terracotta or pottery count for Locus 2.

Our datum point was measured today.  Datum point = 28.65 m.

There were no finds today.

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Stephanie Blue, Karen G. Mower. "SDB/KGM I (2004-06-30):59-64; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 37A/2004, ID:539/Locus 3". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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