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Locus Number 15
Legacy Database LocusID 827
Legacy Database TBTID 324
Locus Year 2009
Open Date 2009-07-29
Open Page 173
Soil Samples False
Photos False
Munsell Color 7.5 YR 3/2 dark brown (dry), 7.5 YR 4/1 dark gray (wet)
Description Locus 15 is the final Locus for the 2009 season in Tesoro-56. It stands directly beneath Locus 12 and is confined to the same "L"-shaped area in the north of the trench. It extends through the entire width of the N baulk, the northernmost ca. 50 cm of the W baulk, and the northernmost ca 1.5 m of the east baulk. Locus 15 is comprised of an extremely dark (almost black) clayey soil and is very mottled in comparison with other loci in Tesoro 56. Inclusions are white, orange, pink, and black. There were also pockets of white, decayed limestone in the southern "leg" of Tesoro 56. Locus 15 was a very moist locus; it was only excavated for one day, but two days later on Friday, 31 July, the soil was still fairly moist and not "baked." Finds in Locus 15 consisted of a considerable amount of ceramic and plaster. (See Pottery Summary). Bone and terracotta were also found. Both the terracotta and plaster were only recovered in very small fragments, and none or few were larger than ca. 5 cm. Special finds from this locus included an intact impasto vessel, which also protuded into Locus 12, a gaming die, an inscribed rocchetto, and two pieces of bronze. Locus 15 also contained some rocks. Some of these were in the NW "leg." 4 rocks, grayish in color and at most 20 cm long, overlapped each other in a line moving roughly E-W. The tops of these rocks jutted into the bottom of Locus 12. They were lifted during excavation and it was discovered that there were no additional rocks beneath them. Another group of rocks, slightly smaller was located near the E baulk, approx. 1 m S of the N baulk and about 20-40 cm w of the E baulk. They are still present on the floor of the trench. Since excavation of Locus 15 was not finished, the locus is still open and closing depths were not taken for the entire locus. closing depths for the day were taken for the NW and NE corners, but not for the other points of the locus. Excavation produced a fairly level floor, and the season's closing elevations for the locus must be close to 27.15 m. This can be seen for Find #6 from the same day, which was found at 27.15 m. The mottled nature of the soil in Locus 15, and the types of finds, which include a vessel, a gaming die, and a rocchetto fragment (which are all domestic in nature) suggest that this soil is the post-orientalizing period scrape, when much of the Piano del Tesoro was leveled by scraping the soil and remains of the destroyed Orientalizing period complex into a flat plateau.
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Anthony Tuck. "Locus 15 from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 56/2009, ID:616". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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