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June 27, 1990


Work continued in meter K/15 with hammer and brush to further define the area of black burn soil encoutered yesterday at a depth of ca. 48cm in the western half of the trench. Clearing in the area revealed that the burn soil is restricted more precisely to the southwest corner of meter K/16. The soil throughout the remaining area of the meter is all galestra. No material was recovered from the galestra soil. Further clearing, however, of the burn area in the southwest corner of K/15 uncovered a few small rocks ata depth of ca. 60cm. These rocks constitute a slight extension of the rock formation previously uncovered

in meter J/15. A few pieces of burned impasto and a single piece of slag were recovered from the black burn soil around the rocks. The entire rock concentration in J-K/15 was then swept, the trench balks cleaned and a section was drawn of the southern balk of meters J-K/15.

The trench was then extended south in this area, where a 10cm. Cut was taken in meter K/14. The soil in the cut was dark brown in color with many rocks and small roots. Two additional 10cm. Cuts were also taken. The soil remained dark brown in color throughout both cuts. One quarter of a cassetta of small pieces of worn tile and one half of a box of worn impasto sherds were

discovered in the dark brown soil.

A large stump located along the eastern balk of the trench between meters I/13-14 was removed so that a continuous section could be drawn along this side of the trench. The soil beneath the stump was light brown in color and contained many small roots. A few small pieces of worn tile and pottery were removed from beneath the stump.

Work also continued in cleaning the pit in meters H-I/11-12. Cleaning along the currently exposed eastern side of the pit in meter I/12 exposed a substantial plaster concentration in this area. A similar thick plaster concentration was also exposed

along the southwestern corner of the pit in meter I/11-12. It appears possible from the location and thickness of these plaster concentrations that they may constitue portions of a plaster lining of the pit. Further cleaning of the borders of the pit, however, will be necessary to determine the possible nature and function of these plaster concentrations with greater certainty. In addition, several of the larger potterhy fragments left exposed on the currently excavated surface of the pit were drawn on the plan of the pit formation and removed. (see CA33 Plan I) None of the pieces displayed traces of burning. A few additional small pottery fragments were

also removed from the pit soil. Notably, to date the pit has yielded only a small amount of material, consisting primarily of impasto, coarseware and pithoi fragments.


A fourth 10cm. Cut was begun in meter K/14. At a depth of ca. 42-45cm the soil in the western half of the meter began to turn darker in color and displayed a light concentration of carbonized wood. The soil in the eastern half of the trench, however, remained dark brown in color. Cleaning of the area then continued with hammer and mestalina in order to determine the boundaries of the burn soil more precisely. A large amount of pottery of all fabrics, including several burned pieces, and a few pieces of burned bone were discovered in the dark brown burn soil in the western half of the meter. This concentration, however, tapered off after 10cm at a depth of ca. 50-55cm. Beyond

this depth no material was found. The curently excavated depth of the western half of K/14 is now ca. 60cm. On the other hand, no material was recovered from the eastern half of K/14. The soil here remained dark brown in color to a depth of ca. 50cm and beyond this point appears to turn to galestra.

Clearing with mestalina and brush also continued to the north of the pit into meter I/13. The soil cleared along the eastern edge of I/14 consisted of a thick stratum of \x91clean' galestra. The soil in the rest of themeter to the west, however, was of a mottled appearance and contained heavy patches of burn. Only a few pieces of unburned impasto were removed

from the mottled soil. Further cleaning to the west and north of meter I/13 will be necessary to determine the nature and extent of this burned mottled soil.

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Jon Berkin. "JB I (1990-06-27):218-235; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Civitate B/Civitate B 23/1989, ID:232". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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