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The area known as Civitate A extends from the northeast to the south of Piano del Tesoro, the plateau upon which the ancient settlement of Poggio Civitate lies. In the northeastern extent of CA, several features pertinent to the ancient settlement of this area have been found.

In CA-42 (see JBB II , LS I , MG II ) a well was discovered that was filled with roofing tiles and several nearly intact Archaic vessels and subsequently capped with stones.

In CA-33 (see JBB I and III ) several roasting pits were unearthed near to an associated midden containing slag, ceramic, vitrified terracotta and carbonized wood.

Additional trenches in this area proved to be intentional deposits of material. CA-37 (see TT I ) contained full profile of coarseware and impasto vessels and CA-36 (see TT IV ) contained coil made pottery and a bronze fibula. These finds seem to indicate production in this area dating to as early as Iron Age civilization.

The 2012 excavation season in CA will occur in the southern most extent of the area, approximately 10 meters from the trenches opened in CB ( 52 , 53 , 54 , 55 , and 56 ) this season.

During the 2012 excavation season, a linear rock formation, possibly associated with some form of robust architectural revealed in CA-70 . This formation was found to extend well into CA-71 . The new trenches to be opened in the CA area ( 72 , 73 , and 74) will help to further reveal any evidence of architectural structure, if any.

Therefore CA- 72 , 73 and 74 will all be opened with the following goals in mind:

1. To explore the area immediately to the west of CA-71 and northeast of CA-70 .

2. To potentially reveal new architectural features, stratigraphy, and topographic information.

3. To search for evidence of non-elite habitation in association with the well located in Civitate A.

4. To explore the possibility of further metal working in the area associated with the roasting pits in CA-73 .

5. To better understand and explore an area of Civitate A that has little history of excavation.

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Christina A. Cabrera. "CAC I (2012-07-04):5-10; Introduction from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Civitate A/Civitate A74/2012, ID:657/Locus 1". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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