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Locus Number 12
Legacy Database LocusID 633
Legacy Database TBTID 308
Locus Year 2008
Open Date 2008-07-08
Close Date 2008-07-10
Open Page 73
Close Page 99
Soil Samples True
Photos False
Munsell Color 10YR 5/4 yellowish brown
Description Locus 12 is a clay-like soil, mottled soil with a dark brown soil matrix in which numerous inclusions of limestone, carbon, and terracotta are included. The extremely high quantity of terracotta inclusions causes this soil to appear red. Locus 12 existed only in the SW meter and a half of the trench, where a sounding was completed at the end of the 2007 excavation season. The purpose of opening Locus 12 was to remove any heavily mottled soil which may exist over an extremely carbon-rich, burnt soil which had appeared during the 2007 sounding, in the NW corner of the trench. Locus 12 contained a high concentration of terracotta roofing tiles and plaster, as well as a fair amount of ceramics and bone. Notably, many large pithoi sherds were removed from this locus. Locus 12 was fairly deep, ranging from approximately 15cm to 40cm in depth; this is because the carbon-rich, dark gray soil lying beneath the soil of Locus 12 slopes downward, from NW to SE. It seems likely that Locus 12 is comprised of an Orientalizing period soil that post-dates the destruction of the Orientalizing period complex. In all likelyhood, this stratum represents a leveling effort on the part of the residents of Poggio Civitate, in order to make the plateau more level for the construction of the Archaic Building. Debris from the Orientalizing destruction was swept across the site in order to accomplish this. Locus 12 should be associated with and conflated with Locus 10 and Locus 11.
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Opening Grid Coordinates
EW (x) NS (y) Elevation (z) Rotation Order
194 -53.5 26.08 1
195 -53.5 26.01 2
195 -55 26.12 3
194 -55 26.23 4
Closing Grid Coordinates
EW (x) NS (y) Elevation (z) Rotation Order
194 -53.5 26.08 1
195 -53.5 25.84 2
195 -55 25.75 3
194 -55 25.87 4
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Anthony Tuck. "Locus 12 from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 48/2008, ID:599". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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