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12 July 2016


Excavation began in Locus 2 and Locus 3 , with the goal of exposing more of the hypothesized linear rock feature. In Locus 2 , this took the form of exposing the top of the rocks beginning in the eastern meter. Handpicks were used to loosed the soil, which was a brown compacted clay with frequent inclusions of tile and pottery. Along the southern edge of the exposed eastern meter of the linear rock feature, the lever of the soil was lowered using hand picks and trowels In both cases, soil was then sorted into buckets while tile and pottery were sorted into bowls and boxes, respectively. Along this southern 15cm between the rocks and the southern trench line (between VT 11 and VT 12 ) very many fragments of tile and sherds of pottery were recovered, sometimes several layers deep. This concentration is greater than that

to the south in VT 12 in its northern meter. A few small fragments of bone were also recovered from this southern area. Two special finds were recovered from Locus 2 : a slag fragment and a slipped fragment of a handle. In the meter of soil to the west of this area in Locus 2 , a pick axe was used to loosen the soil above and adjacent to the hypothesized linear rock features with the goal of exposing it. In the source of this work, a discontinuity was found within the exposed rocks. This area was rectangular / ovoid in shape and measures roughly 40cm by 40cm. Tentative exploration of the area was undertaken with a trowel and hand pick axe to ascertain whether or not there were any stones within; only one was found. Meanwhile, in Locus 3 in the western meter, excavation was undertaken with a handpick and

trowel in order to expose the other hypothesized extent of the rock feature within VT 11 . After soil was loosened in this manner, it was gathered into buckers, and tile was sorted into bowls and pottery into boxes. The soil in the northern 75cm of Locus 3 is a reddish-brown, densely-compacted decomposing rock. Thereafter, attention was refocused in the southern 75cm of Locus 3 in the western meter, where the stones were concentrated. There, the soil is a less-compacted yellow-gray-brown. Few inclusions of tile and a couple sherds of pottery were recovered.

Special Find #1

Slag Fragment

Locus 2

Coordinates: 2.23 S/15.86 W

Elevation: 304.44 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #2

Slipped Pottery Handle Fragment

Locus 2

Coordinates: 3.02 S/14.5 W

Elevation 304.48 m A.S.L.

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Excavation resumed in Locus 2 and Locus 3 . Again, in Locus 2 , soil was loosened with a pick axe and hand pick and trowel, then sorted into buckets. Tile was sorted into bowls; pottery was sorted into boxes. The afternoon objective remained the same as

that of the morning: to continue revealing the extent of the linear rock feature in Locus 2 and Locus 3 . Progress was made in the central meters of Locus 2 , and more rocks and terracotta were defined. Again: to the south of the wall and along the VT 11 - VT 12 boundary, a significant amount of terracotta inclusions were found; plaster and charcoal were also found. Based of the progress made this afternoon, the linear rock feature (hypothesized to be a wall) several observation were made: the linear rock feature appears to veer to the north; it appears to have coursing; and it may interact with other architectural elements (the rectangular / ovoid discontinuity in the eastern meter of Locus 2 ). Meanwhile, in Locus 3 , cleaning and defining continued to be carried out with hand pick and trowel. Tile was sorted into bowls;

pottery was sorted into boxes. Inclusions were consistent with those found this morning: some tile and rare pottery. And work proceeded in the same areas in the western two meters of Locus 3 . Within Locus 2 , a special find was found: a pottery rim of large size.

Special Find #3

Large Pottery Rim Fragment

Locus 2

Coordinates: 3.51 S/16.46 W

Elevation: 304.45 m A.S.L.

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Closing Totals:

Locus 2 :

Tile and Plaster: 2-3/4 bowls

Pottery: 71 sherds

Bone: 3 fragments

Locus 3 :

Tile and Plaster: \xbd bowl

Pottery: 7 sherds
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Eóin M. O'Donoghue. "VT 11 (2016-07-12):92-105; 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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