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Tuesday 19 June 1984

Morning and afternoon :

tile- 2

pottery- 1

Everyone worked on site all day (until 4pm) clearing the floor and the tile concentration in aB/59-61. Another student worked with the tile fragments looking for joins. Tiles in V-W/67-68 were prepared for lifting and removal by careful brushing down and inspection. It appeared that the tiles were resting in dirt and plaster rather than flush with the floor. This was visible through the broken area of the lowermost pan-tile to the south. In fact, there seems to be more plaster in this area than was originally thought. The small trench to the south has plaster in it with the flange pieces on that side resting on top . The first two pieces of tile removed: those facing the northeast corner included a tile seemingly from the lower-most tile (a flange piece) and one from the middle tile. Under both these peices appeared plaster (in small chunks and coloring the soil) and dirt. There was a large root across the pan part fo the lower-most pan-tile. A fragment lifted from above the lower-most tile had a peice of root underneath it as well as soil (about 1 cm) with no plaster evident. The next pieces lifted were those in the northeast corner - one a flange. Both of those lay on dirt and plaster. They were positioned to the northwest off the corner (finished edge) of the lower-most tile in a manner which suggests they came from

the middle tile.  Moving south the lifted tiles all appear to be from the second tile (at the very least one of the upper tiles) as the east flange was in position on the lower tile. A lot of plaster was found underneath - mostly desintegrated - and some small terracotta fragments from the northeast corner fo the tile. Continuing south about 1/3 - 2/3 way up the lower pan-tile several flange fragments were found. The largest flange piece was actually imbedded in plaster with tile fragments below. The plaster here was in large chunks as well as in the soil. The tiles and plaster in this trench were cleaned up and left and the rest of the pan-tile excavated. The lower side of the lower tile was very poorly preserved and splintered away. There was a 1-2 cm layer of soil and desintegrated terracotta underneath the tile and plaster beneath that.

The tile and column base in V/64 continued to be excavated with damage evident on the top, almost complete tile. The eastern flange was destroyed as well as much of the pan.

The covertiles in S-W/70-73 began to be excavated with footprint tiles appearing to be undamaged. Note that they were preserved with PVA last season and although some were slightly splintered they appeared generally in good condition.

Work continued on the tile concentration in aB/59-61 and the

floor continued to be uncovered.

In PQ/74-76 excavation continued down to the floor. A distincy very heavy burn layer appeared at approx 60 cm. From this some burned pottery and fine bucchero were recovered. Ther stratigraphy appears to be plaster-burn-plaster with floor leve not yet treached. other pottery and tile were not burned.

A topsoil cut (to approx. 15 cm) was taken in X-Z 74-75. Some pottery was recovered including some bucchero. To the south a great deal (one cassetta) of plaster was recovered including a couple of pieces that might be floor. There whole area here (Z/74-75) was swept and inspected. A second cut to follow the line of the floor was begun in X/74-75 moving south taking extreme care to watch for any covertiles to the west. The earth in X/74-75 was generally brown and rooty with some plaster in the soil and in chunks. To Z/74-75 the soil was brown and rooty with the plaster present in large chunks in the soil - not concentrated right over the floor.

The floor in Z/74-75, the covertiles in W/70-73 and the tile in X/64 were covered for the night.

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Abbey Collins. "AC I (1984-06-19):62-69; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1984, ID:117". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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