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Friday, 25 July 2014


Work began by defining rocks using trowels and hand picks in Locus 5 .  Soil is medium yellowish-brown in color and claylike in texture.  Soil is hand sorted directly in the trench into buckets and 1 in 3 buckets is dry sieved.  Large quantities of pottery and small amounts of bone were recovered.  Very little tile has been found.  While troweling, a knuckle bone (Find #1) was found.

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Work continued in the afternoon by troweling and hand picking to lower the elevation of Locus 5 .  Soil continues to be hand sorted into buckets in the trench with every 1 in 3 buckets dry sieved.  Fairly large quantities of pottery and bone were recovered but very little tile was found.  Additionally, a piece of slag (Find #2) was recovered.

As the stones of Locus 5 were defined, it became clear that there are different elements of this feature.  Beginning in the north and moving south and downslope there are the following elements:

  • The northern linear rock feature.  This is composed of larger rocks that extend WNW-ESE across the trench and marks the northern extent of the locus and entire rock feature.  Just south of this is a level shelf of smaller rocks that form a level surface.
  • Channel: just south of the rock shelf of smaller stones, stones of the same size are found but at an elevation app. 10cm lower.  These extend roughly 30cm to the south, where they begin sloping upward again to meet bedrock.
  • Bedrock shelf: bedrock shelves have been found running E-W across most of the trench.
  • Rock line: just south and downslope of the bedrock is a line of very large stones extending WNW-ESE across the trench.  Two lines of parallel stones are visible and in places a third row is preserved.  These rows of stones form a level surface and runs parallel to the northern linear rock feature.  Just south of the rock line, no stones have been found, marking a clear delineation for the rocks.

As the final, eastern meters of Locus 5 were defined, small rocks were found extending all the way to the eastern wall of the trench, even though the larger rocks of the northern linear rock feature do not.  While defining these rocks, a pair of burnt animal knuckles (Find #3) and a fragment of an animal jaw with teeth (Find #4) were found.

Special Finds:

Locus 5:

  • Tile: 27 fragments
  • Pottery: 87 sherds
  • Bone: 12 fragments

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Katharine R. Kreindler. "KRK VII (2014-07-25):177-182; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 59/2014, ID:676/Locus 4". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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