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Daily Log Entry for Friday, 24 July 2009



Yesterday afternoon & evening there were high winds which, combined with heat of the sun, severely baked the floor of the trench. As a result, on the entire floor it was impossible to distinguish any changes in soil color, so the entire floor was picked lightly. Picking in the south confirmed again that there are soil changes in the S half of the trench. A larger fragment of tarp, which appears to extend into the E & S wall. The SE corner was picked to expose that.

After picking, the dirt on the tarp was trowelled away to remove it and the baulks in the SE corner were trimmed to expose it. After that, a light pick pass was made in the S meter of the trench in order to level the soil. Per Tony Tuck's instructions, a piece of bronze found yesterday in the N baulk was removed to prevent further corrosion. (Find #1).


Another pick pass was made in the south meter of the trench. The soil is still lighter in color (more yellow) than the brownish olive of the N half of the trench, but it still contains

terracotta & ceramic. Another pick pass in the same area, done again to level the S meter, was completed. The soil remained the same, as did the finds. A student defining the rocks found a piece of ridged impasto. (Find #2).

While the bottom of the tarp (where it joins the SE baulk) is still lower than the soil in the S half of Locus 11 , new loci are being declared because the stratigraphy & positioning of the tarp suggest the backfill is sloped.

Locus 12 , 13 , & 14 were declared, points were taken, & photos were shot. Locus 12 is the more brownish soil appearing in the north half of the trench. Locus 13 is the rock fill from the old Gantz trench w/ barbed wire in it. Locus 14 is the more yellowish soil under the tarp in the S half of the trench.

T-56, Locus 12, 13, & 14 Opening

(see diagram in JRV-II, pg 155)

T-56 Locus 12, 13, & 14 Opening Elevations:

NW Corner: 149 cm BD = 27.51 m abs elev

NE Corner: 147 cm BD = 27.53 m abs elev

SE Corner: 157 cm BD = 27.43 m abs elev

SW Corner: 159 cm BD = 27.41 m abs elev

1. 139 cm BD = 27.61 m abs elev

2. 149 cm BD = 27.51 m abs elev

3. 146 cm BD = 27.54 m abs elev

4. 153 cm BD = 27.47 m abs elev

5. 146 cm BD = 27.54 m abs elev

6. 151 cm BD = 27.49 m abs elev

7. 144 cm BD = 27.56 m abs elev

T-56, Locus 12, 13, & 14 Opening Coordinates:

1. 136.23 E, 38.60 S

2. 136.79 E, 38.80 S

3. 136.95 E, 39.17 S

4. 137.18 E, 39.50 S

5. 137.63 E, 39.50 S

6. 136.79 E, 40.06 S

7. 136.12 E, 39.93 S

Find #1

Bronze Fragment

Baulk Trim/ Locus 11

132 cm BD = 27.68 m abs elev

136.55 E, 27.68 m abs elev


Find #2

Ridged Impasto

Locus 11

146 cm BD = 27.54 m abs elev

136.19 E, 39.38 S


Locus 7: 4 pcs terracotta

1 pc Ceramic

Locus 11: 1 bowl terracotta

2/3 Latte box Ceramic

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Joseph R. Vansuch. "JRV II (2009-07-24):151-158; Daily Log Entry for Friday, 24 July 2009 from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 56/2009, ID:616/Locus 7". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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