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Monday, 14 July 2014


Three new loci were declared: Locus 4 north of the rock feature, Locus 5 in the rock feature, and Locus 6 in the SW corner of the trench where there are no rocks. Opening photos and elevations were taken for each locus and Loci 4 , 5 , and 6 were declared open.

Opening elevations: Locus 4

  • NW corner (91E/39S): 28.89m A.E.

  • 96.53E/39S: 29.08m A.E.

  • 96.53E/39.68S: 29.05m A.E.

  • 97E/39.68S: 29.03m A.E.

  • 92.16E/39.78S: 28.89m A.E.

  • SW corner (91E/40.36S): 28.82m A.E.

Opening elevations: Locus 5

  • NW corner (91E/40.36S): 28.82m A.E.

  • 92.16E/29.78S: 28.83m A.E.

  • NE corner (97E/41.30S): 28.95m A.E.

  • SE corner (97E/43S): 28.73m A.E.

  • 92.90E/43S: 28.67m A.E.

  • SW corner (91E/42.35S): 28.48m A.E.

Opening elevations: Locus 6

  • 91E/42.35S: 28.47m A.E.

  • 92.90E/43S: 28.56m A.E.

  • 91E/43S: 28.40m A.E.

Locus 4 extends over roughly the northern half of the trench, excluding the old trench in the NE corner of T 59. Locus 5 is the rock feature that runs across most of the southern half of the trench, while Locus 6 is the rockless area in the SW corner of the trench.

Work began with a pick pass of Locus 4 , the rockless soil to the north of the rock feature, moving from west to east. Soil is yellowish-brown and claylike, with noticeably fewer small stones and roots than topsoil. Soil is hand-sorted directly into buckets and now that we are through topsoil, 1 in 3 buckets is sieved, with materials found in the sieve counted separately. Small amounts of tile, pottery, and bone were found, as well as a diagnostic bone fragment (Find #1), a fragment of an eye possibly a feline from a waterspout (Find #2), and a carbonized seed (Find #3).

A second pick pass was made in Locus 4 , once again moving from west to east. Soil continues to be yellowish-brown and claylike and many rocks were felt while picking, so we will define these with trowels as we clean up the soil from the pick pass. Soil is hand sorted directly into buckets in the trench, with 1 in 3 buckets sieved. More material has been recovered during this pick pass than in the previous loci, but there are still relatively small amounts of tile, pottery, and bone recovered. While sorting this pick pass, a possible statue fragment (Find #4) was found in the tile bowl and a group of three carbonized seeds

(Find #5) was found in the NE corner of the trench.

Special Finds


  • Find #4
  • Tile bowl find
  • App. 91.53E/39.06S
  • App. 28.90m A.E.
  • Possible statue fragment


Work continued by cleaning up the remaining dirt of this morning's pick pass. Soil continues to be brownish-yellow and claylike, with some small rocks present. While sorting, a piece of slipped pottery (Find #6) was found.

Work ended early due to rain.

Special Finds:

Locus 4 :

  • Tile: 2/3 bowl
  • Pottery: 70 sherds
  • Bone: 4 fragments

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Katharine R. Kreindler. "KRK VII (2014-07-14):103-112; 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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