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The excavation of CB-48 was set out as an exploratory trench placed at the highest point of elevation in the Civitate B area in the hopes of explaining the materials found in trenches CB-38 and CB-39. No evidence of architectural features were found in CB-48 that could help explain the material found in those trenches, but a rock feature situated against a slab of bedrock was uncovered and documented. Akin to CB-51, located about 10 meters north and slightly further west, the soil of CB-48, not necessarily undisturbed by human activity, relatively quickly became a deteriorating rock soil which had no artifacts within it. It is curious to note that, impasto and even bucchero pottery was found, although in a relatively small amount, in the upper layer of CB-48 which is of a consistent time frame as material found in other trenches. Because the location of CB-48 was at the highest point in the Civitate B area it is highly unlikely that this material eroded to the location that is was uncovered in this year.

Although CB-48 did not help to explain the material found in CB-38 and CB-39, nor find evidence of non-elite habitation on the western side of the hill, the rock feature discovered was interesting due to the air pocket / crevice found, which may suggest that the rocks were pushed or placed against the bedrock slab, akin to tombs found in the early 1990's (See TT I 1991). Material was in fact found, supporting the theory that the CB area was once a possibly occupied or used site. Perhaps exploratory trenches such as CB-48 and CB-51 represent the tapering position of that possible habitation or use of Civitate B and can help dictate the position of exploratory trenches in the future. Topographical and stratigraphic information was also gleaned from CB-48 this year.

In order to pursue the answers to these questions further, additional excavation of the CB area is needed.

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Mike C. Ginnard. "MCG I (2011-08-08):125-128; Conclusion from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Civitate B/Civitate B 48/2011, ID:643". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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