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July 5, 1983


  • Tile: 2
  • Pottery: 2

Meters R,S-68 were taken from ~70-75 cm to 90-95 cm with pick and shovel in order to expose "floor" in these meters, if indeed the "floor" extends this far.  The soil of this cut was very light, yellow-white in color, and hard.  There was little tile or pottery.

It appeared that the "soil" was in fact plaster bricks which may have been burnt during the destructoin of the building.  At the 95 cm level, what may be "floor" was encountered.  Looking along the base of the large stump in R-67/66, at ~75 cm, the stratigraphy shows a distinct soil change to this light, plaster-like mateiral.  Also, as mentioned previously ( see p. 117 ), there appears to be this same distinct soil change to light plaster-like material in meters P,Q,R,S-73,74.  The proposal that this is indeed "plaster brick"is all the more likely when one considers that this

material is being encountered to the north of the row of column bases which run from O/P-82 in a line to X/Y-59/61.  It appears that this is the northernmost row of column bases and these "plaster-bricks" could be the remains of the northern wall of the building to which the column bases and floor belong.  However, other explanations of this heavy plaster-like layer can be argued.  In any case, work halted in R,S-68 and meters R-69 will be left at the 75 cm level.

Meters S-69 was taken down ~5-10 cm in order to expose the rock packing being uncovered in T-69 ( see p. 225 ).  This brought the level of this meter to ~75 cm.  However, the soil excavated with the pick and shovel was black and hard-packed, though it would break like soil.  Below this intense black was a soft red soil or clay intermixed with small stones.  This black was decided to be burnt floor which has deteriorated

to its present soft state through the centuries. E xcavation here was then discontinued.  Thus, meters R,S-68,69 shall be left at their present levels for the remainder of this season.

It is of interest to note that in this area where the "plaster-bricks" were found, a piece of akroterion was found intermixed among the plaster-like material.  This would seem to contradict the "plaster-brick" wall proposal.  A piece of this "plaster-brick" material was saved as today's Find #3.

Workmen cleared the area north of T-26 1982, 1983 of grass and shrubs to facilitate the drawing of the trench.  Also, the south-east corner of the Upper Building was cleaned and the stones of the Upper Buidling walls in this corner exposed.  The stones of the wall uncovered in T-25 1982 were cleaned with hammer and mestaline ( see GD I for T-25 1982).  Also, the grass and

shrubs to the north of T-25 1982 were begun to be cleared.

The tile concentration in alpha,beta-61-59 at ~40 cm was cleaned with hammer and mestaline and photographed this morning.  Also, the stump in meter alpha-62/63 was removed.  Unfortunately, the roots of this stump appear to have damaged the floor in these meters and the floor may have been further damaged by the pick during the stump's removal.

The tile concentration in RST-62-64 was also cleaned and photographed this morning ( ).  What may be "floor" continued to be exposed in R-62 at ~80 cm.  One box of pottery was obtained from R,S-68-69 and one box of pottery from alpha,beta-59-61.  One cassetta of tile were also recovered from each of these areas.  Note that the soil above the "tile concentration" in R-62-64 was generally light yellow in color.







  • Find #6
  • Inscribed tile found in box of possible antefix attachments
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Mark Tobey. "MT VIII (1983-07-05):288-303; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1983, ID:116". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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