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Wednesday, 19 June, morning

Tile 2

Plaster .5

Pottery 3 latte

We remove a great deal of the rock packing in O-P 86-88 and most of the tile/plaster concentration, strongest in P86, 88-89.  In the rock packing we continue to find often large fragments of tile, pottery and plaster.  The area of O-P 87-88, with the highest concentration of rocks, yields, in particular, the terracotta object No. 2 and an enormous chunk of plaster, as well as some bronze slag and a great fragment of a pithos rim in mid P at the southern end of the rock packing, which does not go as deep.  In this rockiest zone the soil gradually becomes richer in pink, red and white bits, and no clear transition to burn soil is evident.  The rock packing itself seems to have disturbed the destruction deposit.  the less rocky 86-87 O-P yields much, and interesting, plaster as well as tile, whose heaviest concentration seems to lie directly upon the transition.  The fairly heavy burn soil noted yesterday, I-E about 15 cm. from the surface, 35-40 cm. up from the ancient floor at O/P 85.  Also from this areas come the nail, No. 1, and other bits of bronze and what seems to be a bone tube, No. 7.  In mid P 86-89 tile and plaster, not rocks, predominate, and a distinct destruction layer begins with this concentration, again more strongly in the west.  Here we find a fragment of ivory, No. 3, a large mass of terracotta No. 6, a large piece of bronze, and the very interesting fitting No. 5.  Bronze slag and numerous multi-faced plaster fragments are saved; also numerous bone fragments, including teeth, a jaw and one cut piece, all from one spot in the rock packing in P 88.  Many sherds, almost entirely impasto, including much of a footed bowl and a largish pot, a groove-rimmed rim.  Burned and vitrified tile and plaster are noted, also some possible ridge-pole tile fragments.




  • Find #2
  • O 88 rock/tile concentration
  • terracotta fragment, transistion from ridge-pole tile to akroterion? heavy utility object?


  • Find #3
  • O 88
  • incised creamware fragment


  • Find #5
  • Q 89 tile concentration
  • terracotta fitting with two converging (?) bores

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L. Ron Lacy. "LRL II (1985-06-19):66-73; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1985, ID:434". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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