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July 20, 1998


Work continued in E140/S23-24 removing the yellowish brown sandy soil (Locus 38) and further defining the stones in this area -- those in the south, which may be associated with the Upper Building wall, as well as those which extend to the west and are flat and seem to be set together (Locus 34).

Work was also continued in E136-137/S23-24 removing the medium brown soil layer (Locus 39).

Work will continue in both these areas in the afternoon and material recovery will be noted then.


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In E140/S23-24, all of the yellowish brown (Locus 38) soil was removed.  This locus produced 27 tile fragments and 1/2 latte box of pottery and bone fragments.  An unusual terracotta fragment, possibly from a statue, was recovered from the bottom of this locus (#2).  The closing depth of this locus was 52-53 cm b.d. at the north and sloping to 59 60 cm into the south.  The soil beneath was a darker brown with carbon (Locus 41), which has an upper surface that is approximately level with the flat stones (Locus 34) protruding into the west.

Work was begun in the Locus 41 soil with trowels.  This produced 1 fragment of plaster, 7 bone fragments, and 6 pottery fragments.

In E136-137/S23-24, the area was brought down to a depth of approximately 48-55 cm b.d., where the soil changed from the medium brown (Locus 39) soil to a yellowish brown sandy soil (Locus 40).  The baulks in this area were also trimmed.

Locus 39 produced 3/4 of a latte box of pottery and bone, 82 fragments of tile and terracotta.

A rim fragment of ridged impasto (#3) was also recovered in this soil.

In defining the yellowish brown soil (Locus 40), a spindle whorl was discovered (#2) but was badly damaged by a trowel.





  • Find #2
  • E139.11/S23-56
  • 62.5 cm b.d.
  • Locus 38
  • Possible statue fragment
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Alexis M. Christensen. "AMC VII (1998-07-20):158-163; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro South Flank/Tesoro South Flank 0/1998, ID:406". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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