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Monday June 30, 2014


Work began by defining and laying out the trench. The eastern boundary of the trench had been previously established, as it is a north-south running baseline shot with the transit along line 95E on the master grid. The remaining two western corners were triangulated off of this baseline. Once the four corners of the trench were established, grass was clipped and raked to expose the surface. The surface of the trench slopes gently from north to south and in the south of the trench, a tree stump and two rocks are visible.

Once the surface of the trench was made visible, opening photos and elevations were taken and Locus 1 was declared open.

Locus 1 : opening elevations:

\xb7 NW corner: 29.13m A.E.

\xb7 NE corner: 29.21m A.E.

\xb7 SE corner: 28.74m A.E.

\xb7 SW corner: 28.72m A.E.

Locus 1 extends over the entire trench. The surface slopes gently but noticeably from north to south and with the exception of a stump and two rocks in the southern meters of the trench, there are no visible features on the surface of the locus.

A pick pass was made in Locus 1 , starting in the northern meters of the trench and moving south. Soil is dark brown in color and claylike in texture and contains many small rocks, small tree roots, and grass roots; it is topsoil with a humous layer. Soil was sorted by hand using trowels directly in the trench. Very few materials were recovered during this pick pass and most of the artifacts recovered are heavily eroded terracotta roofing tile fragments; very little pottery and no bone was recovered.


The pick pass begun in the morning was continued in the afternoon, continuing to move south. Soil continues to be brown and claylike, with a thin dark brown humous layer overlying it. Soil contains many small rocks and thin roots

and there appears to be slightly more tile in the southern meters of the trench than the northern meters. Soil continues to be hand sorted directly into buckets in the trench.

Once soil from this pick pass was cleaned up and sorted, some high points in the trench were lowered using hand picks and trowels. Soil continues to be brown and claylike, with many small roots and rocks. Soil is sorted by hand directly into buckets in the trench. Few materials were recovered, but most artifacts found were fragments of terracotta roofing tiles; some pottery was found but no bone was recovered. Closing elevations for the day were taken.

Closing elevations:

\xb7 NW corner: 29.18m A.E.

\xb7 NE corner: 29.11m A.E.

\xb7 SE corner: 28.74m A.E.

\xb7 SW corner: 28.72m A.E.

Locus 1 :

\xb7 Tile: 1/5 bowl

\xb7 Pottery: 6 sherds

\xb7 Bone: 0 fragments

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Katharine R. Kreindler. "KRK VII (2014-06-30):23-30; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 59/2014, ID:676/Locus 1". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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