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19 July 2016


Excavation began in the eastern meters of Locus 3 using a pick axes to loosen the soil. The soil was then sorted into buckets, and tile was sorted into bowls, while pottery was sorted into boxes. Because several large sherds of pottery were found, the decision was made to then sort pottery into buckets thereafter. The goal of excavation in Locus 3 is to lower the level of the soil to that of the soil in Locus 2 in preparation for declaring new loci that relate more closely to the curvilinear rock feature. Two picks passes were completed in the eastern 2.5 meters of Locus 3 . From this area, a large quantity of flanges were found, as well as a large quantity of pottery\x97large diameter storage vessels, coarseware, impasto, and fine impasto. Work continued in this area progressing westward another 1 m. A total

of three special finds were found: fragments of a potential loom weight, a small mostly-intact fineware vessel (small cup?), and a tile with possible finger marking. The soil throughout these 3.5 meters of Locus 3 from the west wall over was a densely-compacted grey-brown clay-stone mix. Other inclusions included charcoal fragments, two small bone fragments, and one medium-sized conglomerate stone.

Special Find #1:

Possible Loom-weight Fragments (3)

Locus 3

Coordinates: 1.23 S / 14.95 W

Elevation: 304.58 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #2:

Small Fine Impasto Vessel

Locus 3

1.80 S / 16.80 W

304.42 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #3:

Tile with Finger Mark

Locus 3

1.6 S / 17.4 W

304.47 m A.S.L.

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Excavation resumed in Locus 3 , continuing toward the western trench line. Again, two pick passes were completed in order to lower the level of Locus 3 to that of Locus 2 . Again, a pickaxe was used to loosen the soil, a shovel was used to gather this soil into buckets, and a wheelbarrow served as the receptacle for the soil. Tile was sorted into a bowl, and due to the volume of pottery, it was sorted into a bucket. Large quantities of pottery, especially bases, continued to be found. The soil was the same as this morning. Several thick storage vessel body sherds were also found. The remainder of Locus 3 was sorted in this way. Four special finds were found: a full fine impasto base, a fine impasto base with perpendicular incisions in the tondo, and a burned (vitrified?) stone, and a piece of pottery with an air bubble in its wall (?).

Special Find #4:

Fine Impasto Base Sherd

Locus 3

3.86 S / 17.75 W

304.38 m A.S.L.

Special Find #5:

Fine Impasto Base with Incised Tondo

Locus 3

3.43 S / 18.25 W

304.47 m A.S.L.


Special Find #6:

Burned Stone

Locus 3

2.30 S / 18.25 W

304.43 m A.S.L.

Special Find #7:

Impasto Sherd with Unusual Wall

Locus 3

2.24 S / 18.83 W

304.54 m A.S.L.

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Closing Totals:

Locus 3:

Tile and Plaster: 7 bowls

Pottery: 284 sherds

Bone: 3 fragments

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Eóin M. O'Donoghue. "VT 11 (2016-07-19):140-155; Daily Log from Italy/Vescovado di Murlo/Upper Vescovado/Vescovado 11/2016, ID:718/Locus 2". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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