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June 13, 1983


  • Tile: 7
  • Pottery: 5

The remaining 10-20cm of soil from the baulk between meter O/P-77-82, which rests just above what is believed to be "floor," was removed.  Also an area of soil just above that is thought to be floor in meters P-77,78.  Three cassette of tile (which consisted mainly of plaster) and two pottery boxes were recovered.  The soil of this "baulk" is moist and very "reddish."  Much of the soil appears just as the clay from which terracotta is made.  The same type of material was encountered in meter 0-82,81 last year.  Perhaps there was a lump of clay here or the tiles which are in these meters have degraded to this soft state.  In any case, this red "clay-like" soil is thich ofer these meters just above what apprears to be the "floor."  Three "rabbit" jaws, two with pointed chins, were

recovered from meter 0-82.  Also, just above what is believed to be floor in meters 0-82-81 were found a series of cover tiles, possibly laid out side by side.  These were left in place (at a depth of 70-80cm) and must be cleaned down further.  A plaster sample was carried to magazzino.

The "floor" in meters X,Y,Z-65,66 and X-62,63,64 continued to be exposed with mestaline at ~50-60cm.  In meter Z-66, adjacent to the stone column base in Y-66, there appears to be a hole or depression in the floor.  This was excavated, but not all the way to floor and soil remains in this depression.  The floor was exposed in X-62-64.  Where the lateral sima tile rested in X-63/64 the floor descended ~5cm, possibly due to water collecting beneath the tile and eroding the floor.  Directly beneath where the sima tile rested there was ~2-3cm of dark, sometimes black soil

which contained little else but dirt.  Beneath this was "floor."  A sample of vitrified material, not recorded as a find, was carried to the magazzino.

A cut to ~50cm was made in meters Y-62-64.  This cut left ~10cm of soil directly above the "floor."  However, in Z-62-64 the floor rose and the cut extended directly to the floor.  Only a small portion of Z-62-64 was left at the 40cm level due to lack of time to complete the cut.  Stumps and a tree in meter Y-64 were removed.  Beneath one stump, at ~60cm on soil which is apparently only a few cm above the "floor," a nearly complete grey-ware "plate" with a conical stem was found.  The pieces to this plate were lying in situ as the plate broke, except for several sections which had shifted beneath other sections.

The floor which appeared in meters Z-62-64 in flat and well preserved.  It lies at

~50cm.  The soil to ~50cm in Y,Z-62-64 was brownish with no distinctive coloration.  It contained some flecks of carbon but not a great deal of it.  Some bronze was recovered.  The pottery found was diverse--both fineware and utilitarianware.  Of note is the large amount of vitrified, bubbly material encountered, both amorphous lumps and tiles.  Also there was a large amount of plaster encountered.  In fact, of the four cassette of "tile" recovered, a great deal of their contents consisted of vitrified material and plaster.  Three boxes of pottery (and bone) were collected.


  • Find #1
  • O-82
  • 70cm
  • "Rabbit" jaw in two adjoining fragments--ancient break


  • Find #2
  • O-82
  • 70cm
  • "Rabbit" jaw in 3 adjoining fragments--pointed chin




  • Find #7
  • Y-64
  • 60cm
  • Nearly complete shallow grey-ware bowl with conical foot. (25 known adjoining fragments.)






  • Find #13
  • Y-63
  • 50cm
  • Impasto spindle whorl with concave bottom--badly worn


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Mark Tobey. "MT VIII (1983-06-13):94-113; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1983, ID:116". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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