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The intended method of excavation in CB51 will be to break up soil using the pointed end of a pick axe. For strata that contain an abundance of material, soil will be removed in the trench using trowels and sorted while in the trench directly into buckets.

If the amount of material is too great to pick axe then trowels will be used to break up the soil. Depending on what is uncovered in CB51, however, the methods of excavation may change, as the trench and the remains found in it dictate the methods of excavation.

A dirt dump for discarding all excavated soil from CB51 will be established approximately 3 meters NW of the trench. The dirt dump will not be shared.

Terra cotta, roofing tile and plaster will be

counted in a 2L Bravo juice box. The box used for counting these artifacts has a depth of 24cm, a length of 11cm and width of 7cm. Once tile and plaster have been counted they will be discarded in a tile dump, which is established approximately 3.5 meters NW of the trench on a plastic tarp. It will not be shared.

Pottery and bone will be grouped separately in latte boxes. Pottery and bone will be counted separately and brought down to the magazzino in latte boxes. Latte boxes have the approximate depth of 23cm, length of 9cm and a width of 6cm.

For any special finds recovered from the trench, coordinates and elevations will be taken. In order to determine the coordinates, a plumb bob will be held over the location of the special find, and then the distance from two of the perpendicular baulk

walls will be determined by extending a tape measure at a right angle from the string of the plumb bob to the string marking the boundaries of the trench.

In order to determine the elevation of special finds, once again a plumb bob will be held over the find spot of the special find. Simultaneously, a string with a line level will be pulled taught and level, so that it intersects with the string of the plumb bob. A tape measure will be held so that it runs parallel to the string of the plumb bob, and the elevation relative to the datum point may then be determined. As the absolute elevation of the datum point is known, the absolute elevation of any special find may be calculated using the found relative elevation.

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Katherine E. Daley. "KD I (2011-07-24):11-16; Methodology from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Civitate B/Civitate B 51/2011, ID:645". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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