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June 14, 1983


  • Tile: 5
  • Pottery: 5

The layer of soil in meters O,P-77-76-78 which surrounded the column base in meter Q-77 was taken down to 90cm.  The soil was very light, contained little pottery, some bone,

For Tuesday, June 14, 1983: T26.1982,1983 [ ]

tile, and quite a bit of plaster.  What may be "floor" was encountered at ~90cm.  However, if this is floor, the column base in meter Q-77 sits ~25cm above the floor, and the floor descends significantly going from south to north around this column base.  Coming from east to west, however, there is a quite acceptable slope for this "floor" in P-77,78,76.  In the unexcavated earth, (the wall of the trench) in meter O-76 the stratigraphy shows an area of red in a distinct layer at ~70cm.  This may be a "floor" also with the "floor" at 90cm bring an earlier feature.  Work was stopped in this area until the meters can be swept down and examined thoroughly in order to ascertain what is really happening here.  Note also that the floor at ~90cm in P-78,77,76 is yellowish, whereas in the meters to the south the floor has a reddish hue.  This yellow coloration could be due to the soil above the floor,

however.  One cassetta of tile (which consisted mostly of plaster) and one box of pottery were recovered.

Meters R,Q-74,75 were partially taken down to 70cm, the level of the stone column base in R/Q-75, with pick and shovel and careful cleaning of the soil in wheelbarrows.  4 ivory guilloche inlays, none of which appear to joim, were found.  Recall that meters S,R-74 were rich in ivory guilloche last year (see MT Books V,VI, and VII).  Bronze sheet and lumps were also found.  The soil contained a great deal of plaster and was light yellow in color.  At 70cm there appears to be a layer of plaster or tile but the area must be cleaned down first before this can be ascertained.  Perhaps most important is a very distinct change in the soil from light brown to ~50cm to a white/yellow from 50-70cm.  This light yellow/white concentration came out in clumps and

appears to be brick like matter containing straw and organic matter.  A sample was carried to the magazzino and work stopped here in order to sweep down the area later and better see what is happening here.  Two cassette of "tile," which were almost completely plaster, were collected and one box of pottery was collected.

Meters X,Y,Z-62-66 were swept down to better see the "floor" here.  Meters Z-64-62 were taken to the "floor" level to bring this whole area to floor level, except for a few areas which must be cleaned with mestiline to expose "floor."  A stump was removed in meter Z-64.  Very little tile and pottery was found in taking Z-64-62 to the floor a ~50-60cm.  The soil was light in color.

A new area was mapped out for excavation immediately adjacent to XYZ-62-66.  This area is to the south of these meters and comprises

meters alpha,beta,gamma-62-66.  These grid co-ordinates are being employed since this system was adopted in 1980 when the T25, (T26) grid system was established.  See L.R. Lacy, Book I, pg 1 , 2 .  The coordinates to the south of A-Z adopt the Greek letter designations.  Thus meter "Z" is immediately north of meter "alpha."

The topsoil was begun to be moved from these new meters (alpha,beta,gamma-62-66).  This brought the level of the trench to ~20cm.  Meters gamma-66,65 and beta,gamma-62-64 remain unexcavated.  The floor appears to lie ~30cm below the surface.  The soil of this cut was very dark and rooty as topsoil normally appears.  At ~20cm tile begins to appear.  A number of seemingly worked stones were found in this topsoil cut.  2 cassette of "tile" were recovered (which consisted mainly of plaster) and 3 pottery boxes of pottery were collected.










  • Find #6
  • Alpha-65
  • 20cm
  • Quartz crystal, with possible worked edges

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Mark Tobey. "MT VIII (1983-06-14):113-129; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1983, ID:116". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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