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Locus Number 10
Legacy Database LocusID 592
Legacy Database TBTID 289
Locus Year 2007
Open Date 2007-07-25
Close Date 2007-08-01
Open Page 159
Close Page 203
Soil Samples True
Photos False
Munsell Color 10Y4 5/3 brown
Description Locus 10 consisted of an extremely mottled soil. The soil matrix itself was very dark and claylike, but contained many inclusions of terracotta, plaster, and charcoal. Locus 10 extended across the entire trench, but the color of the soil varied somewhat throughout the trench. In the middle of the trench, running north-south, there was a strip of reddish, mottled soil that contained an abundance of plaster, giving the soil here a reddish color. To both the east and west of this strip though, there was slightly less plaster present in the soil, and so the color of the soil appeared darker. However, the type and amount of materials found throughout the entire trench was the same, despite the differences in color, and so it was decided to keep everything part of the same locus. Locus 10 by far yielded more material than any of the other loci; 75 bowls of tile and plaster, 1081 sherds of pottery, 174 pieces of bone, and 73 bronze fragments were recovered from this locus. Included in these finds were a number of pieces of incised, decorative bone, which can be securely dated to the orientalizing period of the site. Locus 10 was a fairly thick stratum, with an average depth of approximately 25cm. Due to time restraints, on July 30, it was decided to only excavate the westernmost meters of the trench, essentially dropping a 1x3m sounding. As the soil in this sounding remained the same as the soil throughout the rest of the trench, it was decided to keep the sounding a part of Locus 10. On August 1, the final day of excavation, in this western sounding, a dark, black, carbon-rich, burnt soil was uncovered in the northwest corner of the trench and exposed to the south, until approximately 53.50S. This burnt layer sloped downward to the south, but at this point, 53.50S, it seemed as though this burnt soil dropped off dramatically, as if on some sort of slope, for the soil in the southernmost 1.5 meters of the sounding remained extremely mottled, consistent with the Locus 10 soil. Here, a concentration of tile and a large fragment of a pithos rim were uncovered, defined, and left in situ, to be excavated in coming excavation seasons.
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Opening Grid Coordinates
EW (x) NS (y) Elevation (z) Rotation Order
194 -52 26.57 1
196.25 -52 26.47 2
196.25 -53.2 26.39 3
198 -53.2 26.47 4
198 -54.9 26.5 5
196.02 -55 26.37 6
194 -55 26.44 7
Closing Grid Coordinates
EW (x) NS (y) Elevation (z) Rotation Order
194 -52 26.24 1
194.99 -52 26.23 2
195.01 -52 26.29 3
198 -52 26.31 4
198 -55 26.16 5
195.01 -55 26.16 6
194.99 -55 26.01 7
194 -55 26.14 8
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Anthony Tuck. "Locus 10 from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 48/2007, ID:587". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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