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Daily Log Entry for Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Tuesday, 17 July 2007


We started work with a pick pass in the northern section in order to level Locus 5, which is higher than the rest of the trench.  Then we picked in the middle, south, & west sections of the trench to see if the very dark, mottled soil of Locus 6 extends further to the south.  So far, the soil in the middle, west, & south sections continues to remain a medium brown mottled soil with white, black, and orange inclusions and which contains terracotta, bone, plaster, pottery, and roots.  While picking in the south, we dislodged and removed the large stone just SE of the center.  We also found a strip of bronze (Find #1).  After picking in the middle & south we picked in the west, where the soil continues to remain a medium brown and is mottled.  We then picked again in the middle and the south.   While we were sorting dirt from the pick pass in the middle section, we found a piece of incised impasto (Find #2).  The two large rocks just to the NW of the center were also dislodged and removed.  As of the end of the morning, the soil still is lighter than the burn-layer soil in Locus 6

but large amounts of carbon have been found, including a chunk of charcoal about 1x2x2 cm in the middle section of the trench.  Right before lunch, we were sweeping loose dirt in the northern section section and we found what appears to be either bedrock or some sort of rock feature.

EMERGENCE OF BEDROCK IN T-45, MORNING 17, JULY. (see image in original trenchbook.)


  • FIND #1
  • Bronze Strip
  • Locus 4
  • 188.27 E, 47.48 S
  • 27.27 abs.elev.
  • 20070148
  • FIND #2
  • Incised Impasto
  • Locus 4
  • 187.51 E, 46.24 S
  • 27.31 abs. elev.


We picked in the northwest corner to level out Locus 5 and to see if the bedrock or rock feature extends any further to the west.  After two pick passes, Locus 5 was leveled out but no bedrock was exposed further to the west.

The western section of the trench was slightly higher than the south or middle sections, so we picked there in an attempt to level out Locus 4.  The soil is still the medium brown mottled hard-packed clay which we found in the morning, but deeper pick strokes began to pull up small bits of a very dark, mottled, Locus 6-like soil, which probably indicates that we will come down upon the burn layer within the next few days.  After we picked in the west, we trimmed the baulk walls on the north boundary and the walls which form the south & eastern boundaries of the roped-off stone feature.  We also leveled the edges of the trench in the SE and the W.  We found a piece of carved bone or ivory near the west boundary.  (Find #3)


  • FIND #3
  • Carved Bone
  • Locus 4
  • 185.05 E, 47.24 S
  • 27.30 abs. elev


Locus 4

  • 3   3/4 Bowls Terracotta
  • 4 Latte Boxes Pottery
  • 2  2/3 Latte Boxes Bone
  • 1 pc Bulk Bronze

Locus 5

  • 12 pcs. Terracotta
  • 1/2 Latte Box Pottery
  • 1/5 Latte Box Bone

Locus 6

  • 15 pcs Terracotta
  • 3/4 Latte Box Pottery
  • 1/3 Latte Box Bone

Baulk Trim:

  • 1/2 Bowl Terracotta
  • 1/2 Latte Box Pottery
  • 1/2 Latte Box Bone

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Joseph R. Vansuch. "JRV I (2007-07-17):41-48; Daily Log Entry for Tuesday, 17 July 2007 from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 45/2007, ID:584/Locus 3". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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