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June 6, 1980

Morning

We complete the cut begun yesterday in the Agger Extension reaching AA-BB/gamma in the east, leaving a  ramp in BB z-gamma for wheelbarrows. In the east the cut is ca. 30cm deep and 35cm from the surface. The soil is light brown with little white or orange matter and scattered pottery- mostly orangeware, tile and plaster. Some bone is noted. Among the sherds and glazed piece (No 1) is unusual.

We begin a second cut in AA-BB-CC 3-4 and dig at a depth of ca. 25-30cm below the first cut. Toward the south then east. Just below the top of this cut 2 the soil become more sandy and darker with some burned matter including terracotta. This sharp transition is marked for a time by a thin red vein. Below, near the floor of the cut many stones appear, especially further south where they appear among a white substance. Also the soil begins to grow yellow and a mass of yellow matter appears. By quadrent 2 the darker layer thins and stones rise. We remove many stones, some large, then stay above them continuing the cut at a height of ca. 15-20cm as far as AA-BB/gamma again leaving the ramp. Finds include bronze slag and nails; further east, some ornamental tile, as the stones subside. As we continue to explore the plaster fall in rectangle 22, D3 we find a few more lumps in a soil with bits of unburned wood and a ligher white-pink plaster- also with reed impressions.

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Afternoon

We cleaned around the rocks exposed this morning in quadrents AA-BB 1-2. Together with the numerous rocks and stones removed in quadrents 3 and 4 they compose a sizeable rock fall begining more or less regularly about 10-20 cm belwo the top of cut 2. Just over, and in among, the rocks is the dark granular layer noted this morning. More often these stones are embedded in a yellow clayey soil full of pockets, veins and bits of white and yellow matter as well as plaster, charred wood, and decayed terracotta. Here find a small bronze nail, continuing this morning's pattern, and no pottery. This soil appears to contine below and ahead in Quadrent 1 where the dark vein thins or dissappears. Theses stones appear to have been packed for some purpose or to have fallen from some structure.

For Photos of the Rock Fall, see and 78 .

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L. Ron Lacy. "LRL I (1980-06-06):32-42; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Agger/Agger 11/1980, ID:417". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <http://opencontext.org/documents/4685bdf4-0059-4076-8d9f-e38680e67019>

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