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Friday, July 22, 2011


The morning began with a pick pass along the northern meter of the trench. The soul was sorted by hand using a trowel, placing the soil into buckets and then dumped. The soil remained a root-filled, dark brown soil that yields few pieces of terra cotta and pottery. The pick pass was extended south, covering the whole trench, picking and sorting the same way, with consistent soil, and yielding similar amounts of pottery. A small stump was removed from the southwest portion of the trench. Cleaning up of the edges of the trench was done next, baulk-walling the trench in its entirety. Some stumps and the dirt surrounding them were troweled and then a few stumps were removed in the northern meter of the trench. Another pick pass was done from the northern meter moving towards the south. The dirt was hand sorted with trowels into buckets and then dumped. The soil remains dark brown and root-filled, yielding small amounts of terra cotta and pottery. Pockets of a more olive-green, clay like soil have been appearing along the western wall of the trench but that is near a large tree stump whose roots extend into the trench, probably pulling up water and wetting the soil.

Pockets of rock have started to appear in the northwest corner of the trench which, upon first glance, looks like bedrock. Another pick pass was started on the southern portion of the trench where there seems to be more of a concentration of pottery.


The pick pass from the morning was cleaned and the baulk walls were cleaned. A leveling of the area was done with handpicks and trowels in order to flatten the trench and expose a possible new soil which is sandier, still very dark and more claylike in pockets. While leveling the Southeast corner, a denser collection of pottery was found, including a rim with three ridged lines (Find #1) Once leveled a pick pass was done northward and sorted and leveled following the slope of the hill which appears to be sloping from North to South. Defining of the rocks began in the northern portion of the trench, mostly in the eastern portion of the north side. Few amounts of terra cotta and pottery have been found outside the few artifacts found in the Southeast corner. In the south the beginnings of galestra are showing. The day ended an overall cleanup of the trench, clipping roots, defining the

rocks in the northern portion, and baulk-walling. Closing elevations were taken and the pottery and the terra cotta were counted and the terra cotta dumped.

Find #1:

\x95 Ridged (3) Rim Fragment

\x95 Locus 1

\x95 78.34 W / 107.59 S

\x95 31.58 m A.E.

Closing Elevations:

\x95 NW (80 W / 105 S): 31.69 m A.E.

\x95 NE (78 W / 105 S): 31.66 m A.E.

\x95 SE (78 W / 108 S): 31.58 m A.E.

\x95 SW (80 W / 108 S): 31.59 m A.E.

Bulk Finds:

Locus 1:

\x95 Terra Cotta: 15 pieces

\x95 Pottery: 36 sherds

\x95 Bone: 1 fragment

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Mike C. Ginnard. "MCG I (2011-07-22):29-36; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Civitate B/Civitate B 48/2011, ID:643/Locus 1". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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