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Friday July 4, 2014


Work began with a pick pass of Locus 2 . The western extension of the trench, beginning approximately 1m to the south of the northern boundary, in the area that was unexcavated yesterday. Soil is a dark brown, root-rich humous layer overlying a medium-brown, claylike soil that is equivalent to Locus 1 . Soil is hand sorted, using trowels to level the surface, directly into buckets in the trench. Very few materials were recovered during this pick pass. While sorting through soil from this pick pass, two sherds of medieval pottery (Finds #1, #2) were recovered.

A second pick pass was made in the western extension, beginning in the north and moving south. Most of the dark brown, root filled humous layer has been removed and soil is mostly medium brown and claylike. Some larger stumps and roots were revealed in the northern half of the locus, while in the southern half some larger rocks began to appear. Soil was sorted by hand directly into buckets in the trench and slightly more tile and pottery was found, but the amount is still small.

While picking, rocks were detected in the southern half of the trench and near where one would expect the northern rock line to continue. Therefore, it was decided to switch to hand picks to excavate most of the trench and trowels where the linear rock feature is expected to continue, in order to better preserve any features that may be present. Soil continues to be hand sorted directly into buckets in the trench and similar quantities of materials were found. While troweling to the west of the linear rock feature, similar small rocks began to be detected.

Special finds:

\xb7 Find #1

\xb7 Locus 2

\xb7 92.75E/40.98S

\xb7 28.83m A.E.

\xb7 Medieval pottery


\xb7 Find #2

\xb7 Locus 2

\xb7 91.99E/41.80S

\xb7 28.73m A.E.

\xb7 Medieval pottery



Work continued by hand picking and troweling Locus 2 in order to better define the extent of the rock feature in the southern half of the trench and the linear rock feature in the northern half. Additionally, a pickax was used to loosen soil in the northern meters of the trench, as this area was at a significantly higher elevation than the rest of the trench. Soil is medium brown in color and claylike in texture. Soil is handsorted directly into buckets in the trench and few materials were recovered. While sorting, a third sherd of medieval pottery (Find #3) was found.

While troweling, it appeared that the northern linear rock feature continued app. 15 cm into Locus 2, then started to curve slightly to the south, but at this point, the rocks become spaced farther apart and appear to peter out. The cluster of larger rocks in the southern half of the trench extends to the west in the central meters of the trench but not in the southern meters; in Locus 2 the southern rock feature has a clearly delineated southern border and strongly resembles a bedrock shelf. Closing elevations for the day were taken.

Special Finds

\xb7 Find #1

\xb7 Locus 2

\xb7 92.66E/40.82S

\xb7 28.87m A.E.

\xb7 Medieval pottery


Closing elevations: Locus 2

\xb7 NW corner: 28.97m A.E.

\xb7 NE corner: 28.99m A.E.

\xb7 SE corner: 28.62m A.E.

\xb7 SW corner: 28.50m A.E.

Locus 2 :

\xb7 Tile: 1/3 bowl

\xb7 Pottery: 27 sherds

\xb7 Bone: 0 fragments

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Katharine R. Kreindler. "KRK VII (2014-07-04):61-68; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 59/2014, ID:676/Locus 1". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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