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July 13, 1988


The fourth cut into the plasterlayer (depth 0.80 - 0.90m) was continued. Q-R 70 and q-R 69 was completed, P 70 was partially completed. A slight concentration of rocks, tilesm and pithos fragments occured in P 70. Several pithos fragments ( 1large) and tile fragments (mostly pan tiles) were removed. They were mostly small and appearently not part of a tile fall. Pottery was rather abundant, including e.g. moulded bucchero (find #8), incised bucchero (find # ). A bucchero foot (find #13) and an ionic bowl fragment (find #12). 1 1/3 cassetta of tile, 1/2 casetta of plaster, 1 cassetta of pithos fragments and 2 boxes of pottery were found. The rest of Q 67 and P-Q 66 was excavated. A series of rocks appeared in P-R 65/66. Most noticable was the find of a large hollow semicircular in section bronze fragment in Q 67 (find #1).

It was laying right next to a rather large plaster fragment. It was photographed in situ and then taken down to the magazzino. Pottery in this area was also rather abundant, mostly impastp and coarseware, but also bucchero and redware (e.g. the lid fragment find #2). An oddly shaped terracotta object with 3 finished edges was found in P 66 (find #3) possibly part of a statue? In this area several large fragments fo plaster were found (e.g.find #5). 1 cassetta of tile, 1/2 cassetta of plaster, a few fragments of pithos and 2 boxes of pottery (with a few bone fragments ) were found.




(J. Muccigrosso)

The 80cm cut was continued this afternoon in the west end of the trench. The pithos area in P-70 was further cleaned.

1 cassetta of tile, 1/4 plaster - west end

1 box of pottery, 1/4 cassetta tile, and 6 pieces of pottery - P-70

In the west, grids P-Q 65 remain to be cut to 801cm. The area around the tree in R 65-66 was further cleaned. Unfortunately, while it was planned to  leave the tree until further on in the year, the forces of nature conspired to bring it down while we were cleaning up at the end of the day. The roots were left uncleaned as was the dirt left on the floor at the trench where the tree once stood. The pithos fragments from P 70 fill 1 1/2 cassette and are being saved for possible reconstruction of the pithos. We have both base and rim fragments, so the prospects are good for reconstruction.







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Helle Andersen. "HDA I (1988-07-13):112-127; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1988, ID:431". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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