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In 1982, excavation of the designated T-26 area uncovered a long, narrow building characterized by a terracotta-mortar floor and three rows of  large, irregular stone 'column bases' [averaging 2.75 m. apart center to center].  The T-26 area was sited along the southeastern flank of the Upper building and south of the T-23 "ivory dump."  Five seasons of excavation further defined the parameters of this so-called  Southeast building as well as the general, if not specific, character of the area (see , , , , , , , , , and ).

Additionally, during the 1984 and 1985 seasons the building was determined to extend into the T-25 area of excavation. T-25 and T-26 were joined, however, separate trenchbooks were kept (see and , and ).

The area in and around the building was characterized by finds such as worked and unworked ivory and bone fragments, bronze artifacts, unfired covertiles and stacked pantiles,

clay "waster" clumps , and vitrified material. Ceramic finds included large quantities of pithos fragments, utility bowls, fine fluted bowls of bucchero and redware with Potnia Theron handles, a variety of decorated fineware as well as Italo-Corinthian and imorted ionic bowl fragments. Architectural decoration included terracotta female antefix heads, molded feline water spouts, akroterion fragments and, most significantly, an almos-complete pan-tile preserving lateral sima and waterspout attachment (see MT VIII p. 80-85 and p. 145-151), a mold fragment for the male canopic head (see CT III), and two female head antefixes attached to complex cover tiles (see LRL II p. 237-239 and LRL III p. 2-7).  The information provided by this architectural decoration in conjunction with other finds will ultimately assist in:

1. Determining to which building this architectural decoration should be associated.

2.  Reconstructing a viable roofing system for that building

3.  Securing a date for the "Southeast Building"

4.  Further defining the relationship between the "Southeast Building" with the Orientalizing and Archaic structures on the site.

The functional character of the "Southeast Building" was further clarified by the 1986 finds. Specifically broken and partially worked fragments of bone and ivory taken together with the proximity og major ceramic and ivory clumps and evidence of apparent terracotta production as well as metal-working continue to support the "workshop" hypothesis.

Goals for the 1987 season include:

1.  To define as completely as possible the architectural parameters of the "Southeast" building as possible with particular emphasis on the far eastern quadrant.

2.  To further recover all artifacts associated with this building most specifically worked bone and ivory, mold fragments and architectural attachments.

3.  To further confine the operational period of the structure, to what end, and how it was destroyed.

Stratigraphy will continue to be emphasized to:

1.  Characterize individual stratum

2.  Differentiate as nearly as possible between those artifacts belonging to the "Southeast Building" and

others deposited here from elsewhere.

For further discussion see "Introduction" in ; M. Tobey Book II (1981) p. 77 ; ; ; ; ; ; .

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Abbey Collins. "AC VII (1987-06-07):1-19; Introduction from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1987, ID:433". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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