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August 3, 1981


T-23 Summary: The 90 cm cut completed.  A 1.2 m cut was completed.  A new cut was begun in CC/12.

  • Tile: 1
  • Pottery: 1 1/2

The 90 cm cut over the entire T-23 trench was completed and the very large stone in BB-CC/11 was removed.  A new cut of 30-35 cm was begun in B/11-12 and CC/11-12.  The soil of this cut is mainly gray-brown and very claylike and does not contain much tile or pottery.

As the 1.2 m cut was continued NE, a number of stones were encountered in C/11-12 between .9-1.2 m.  Thus, this area of an apparent stone packing will be left at the 90 cm level, to be cleaned and perhaps further investigated next season.  The area left at 90 cm includes all of meters D/10-12 and most of C/11-12 (all of meter C/10 that has been excavated).

Another very large stone was encountered in meter A/12 extending up from beneath a depth of 1.2 m to a depth of 90 cm.  Again, the soil surrounding this stone and throughout the cut is clay-like and it appears that

the trench is approaching virgin soil.  The soil of this cut is nearly barren.

On the SE wall of the trench between meters C and B, a very light layer of soil can be seen at 90 cm - 1.0 m.  Below this, there is the gray-brown yellow clay.

Looking at the SW wall of the trench, the stratigraphy is very clear.  There appears to be two dark carbonized burn layers - one at 90 cm and another at 60 cm.  Between them is light-yellow-gray soil.  Below 90 cm is the light yellow-brown clay.  Above 60 cm is the orange-light burn layer with bits of carbon.

The 1.2 m cut was completed over the entire trench except the meters with stone packing already mentioned.  A new cut of 40 cm was begun in CC/12.


Work was in the magazzino rather than at the site.

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Mark Tobey. "MT IV (1981-08-03):127-135; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 23/1981, ID:419". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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