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June 18, 1990

The trench was extended north into meters G-J/16-17.  Two 10cm. topsoil cuts were then taken in this area.  The soil in both cuts was dark brown in color and contrained a large amount of rocks and roots.  three quarters of a cassetta of small pieces of worn tile, including several burned fragments, were recovered.  In addition, a notably heavy concentration of burned and vitrified tile (one quarter of a cassetta), burned pottery (three quarters of a box) and several fragments of slag was discovered in meters I-J/16-17.  The soil in this area also contianed a heavy concentration of burned wood and carbon.  Thisconcentration of material was encountered at a dpeth of ca. 20cm. and below.

The pit formation in meters H-I/11-12 was further cleaned with mestalina and hammer.  Cleaning revealed a distinct soil change from dark to medium brown occurring at a dpeth of ca. 48cm.  This and all subsequent depth measurements will be taken from a datum point established above a stump in the southwest corner of meter H/11.  The pit formation would now appear to find its southern and western boundaries in the northern half of meters H-I/11.  The pit was further cleaned down through a combination of light picking and scraping with mestalina in meters H-I/11 for an additional 15cm. to a depth of ca. 63cm.  No soil change was encountered during the removal of this soil.  Several pieces of small impasto and a number of tile fragments, including a few burned pieces,

were discovered in the pit.  In addition, a small piece of slag was also found.




A third cut was taken in meters I-J/16-17, extending the depth of the trench to a depth of ca. 25-35cm in this area.  The soil in the cut remained dark brown in color with a high concentration of small rocks and roots.  The concentration of burned material and slag began to taper off in this cut.  Only a few pieces of burned pottery and tile and a single piece of slag were discovered.  At a depth of ca. 35cm, the soil became light brown in color.  This light brown soil appears to contain very little material.

The pit in H-I/11-12 was further cleaned dwon with a mestalina to a dpeth of ca. 77cm.  The southern and part of the western boundaries of the pit have now been clearly defined.  The soil in the

excavated area of the pit remained light grey-brown in color and was of a somewhat loose consistency.  This light grey-brown soil contained very few rocks and roots and displays all the characteristics of a fill stratum.  In addition, the concentration of material recovered fromt he pit increased steadily from top to bottom levels.  This material consisted of small amouonts of charcoal and carbon, a number of thin, flat chunks of plaster all preserving a single flat surface, a single piece of bucchero and several small fragments of tile and impasto pottery.  Very few of the pottery and tile fragmetns displayed traces of burning.  In addition, there also appears to be large amounts

of decomposed organic material, notable from discolorations in the soil, in the upper layers of the pit.

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Jon Berkin. "JB I (1990-06-18):117-127; 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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