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June 26, 1990


The trench was extended east into meters K/15-16.  Three 10cm. cuts were taken through the humus and topsoil layers.  The soil in these first three cuts was dark to medium brown in color and contained many roots and small rocks.  A little less than one-quarter of a cassetta of small pieces of worn tile and a few sherds of impasto, including many burned pieces, were discovered in the topsoil.  In addition, a single piece of slag ( 19900041

, ) was also found.  A fourth 10cm. cut was then taken into meter K/16.  the soil in the cut gradually turned completely to medium brown cast.  This medium brown soil yielded only a few

small pieces of worn tile and impasto.  the absolute depth of the trench floor measured from the datum point in the southwest corner of J/15 is now 60cm.  A fourth cut was then begun in meter K/15.  While the soil remained dark to meium brown in the eastern half of the meter, in the western half it quickly turned to the same black burn soil encountered to the west in meter J/15.  this change from a medium brown to a black burn soil occurred at a depth of ca. 48cm.  Following the identification of the black burn stratum, the area was swept and cleaned.  Work then continued with mesatlina and brush.  One quarter of

a box of impasto sherds, including many burned pieces, and four small pieces of burned bone have been removed form the burn soil thus far.


Work continued in meter K/15 to determine the extent of the black burn stratum encountered this morning.  The western half of meter K/15 was cleaned down with a mestalina and bursh to a depth of ca. 62cm.  At this depth the black burn stratum disappeared and was replaced by a stratum of light brown soil.  It would also appear at this point that the rock concentration uncovered to the west in meter J/15 does not extend into meter K/15.  Further cleaning of the area, however, will be necessary to establish this with certainty.  One half of a box of burned impasto sherds and a few pieces of burned bone were discovered in teh black burn soil.  A few pieces of vitrified material and a single piece of slag ( 19900042

, ) were also discovered.

The soil in the pit formation in meter H-I/11-12 was further cleared to the south.  Work was concentrated in removing mroe of the \'plaster\' soil in the southern portion of the pit in meters H-I/11.  A few small burned impasto sherds were removed from amongst the plaster concentration.

Because of the small amount of material recovered yesterday in meters H-I/16-17, work was resumed this afternoon with pick and shovel.  The trench floor in these meters was cleared down to a depth of ca. 75cm.  The soil in meters H/16-17 consisted of a stratum of fine galestra and yielded no material.

The soil in meters I/16-17, hwoever, was dark brown in color and contained a light concentration of carbonized wood.  This dark brown soil yielded a large amount of pottery of all fabrics (1 1/2 boxes), mostly burned and a few pieces of burned bone.  A few small fragments of tile were also recovered- all unburned- and a single fragment of slag.

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Jon Berkin. "JB I (1990-06-26):204-217; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Civitate B/Civitate B 23/1989, ID:232". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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