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July 18, 1980


We continue the current cuts in R22 and T25 - we also return to the area south of the wall in T25, peeling away dumped earth from the slope in E through nu, then digging away the barrow run at a higher level southward.

In R22 we complete or cut, bringing E 2-3 down to 50 cm below the west balk or 130cm below the room's east wall (at its highest point).  Pottery, still often fine (# 3), is common, as are seeds and other burned fragments (#'s 1 and 2).  We then begin o dig back toward the balk at ca. 5cm.  A bit of bronze also turns up as well.  From this cut our accumulated tile and plaster, including some large chunks with reed impressions would fill a quarter to a half a cassetta, our small rocks about a half cassetta.

In T25 we do not complete cut 3 immediately but leave a block of earth in 12 and ca. half of 13 delta and ca. half of g for a profile sketch, since the stratigraphy has begun to grow more complex: dark, thinned topsoil rests upon a yellow layer ca. 10cm down; this yellow layer is more concentrated, into yellow, white matter, at its bottom ca. 2cm down.  The remaining 15 or 50 cm are of a dark soil, actually a fairly light burn soil, which grows heavier by the floor of the cut.  See sketch # 9 p. 14 .  East of his block, the yellow appears to expand and thin out so that in g and delta, the center, most of 14 and much of the rest of 13 are a light yellow soil, the upper and lower layers very thin.  Then in the east the yellow dissipates and is replaced by the dark grey soil noted yesterday.  As yesterday's finds apear to indicate, decorative tile apears in the upper dark soil; little in the yellow soil; and much more near the bottom.  The latter two, we see clearly in the walls of our block.  Many sherds and a piece of bone lie along the bottom and it is here that our smashed pithos is bedded.  Several small stones lie in the ground at this level as well.  We continue cut 3 in g-delta 12-13 finding much in the lower layer, pottery and some tile, both often burnt,

and great lumps of plaster; also some bone and sones.  Above we do get small quantities of pottery and tile.  We remove a large, flat stone left from cut 2 from next o the stump in northeast delta 12.  The burn soil would appear to correspond to that in which the A6-X tile fall lay and seems to signal a floor immediately below.


  • Find # 1
  • R22 E 2-3
  • Burn
  • Numerous carbonized seeds, most "beans"


We dig cut 3 in g 12 and reach delta 12 observing the same pattern of strata and finds recorded this morning.  We leave the site for the magazzini at 3:00 with no finds to record.

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L. Ron Lacy. "LRL I (1980-07-18):270-277; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Agger/Agger 11/1980, ID:417". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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