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June 26, 1971

Rain. No work.

The ivory fragments were gathered and photographed. In addition the animal figurines there are over twenty fragments of varying sizes.

Summary of the workin Rectangle 7 grid A-F 2-4

Strata: A pavement: shallow but clearly recognizable all over the present cut. Virtually no finds, only odd sherds and tile fragmetns which could have worked their way up from below the pavement.

D heavily burnt, bright red, especially in

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grid A-G 2. Heavy concentration of carbon all over hte cut.

E stratum below str. D. In places extremely sharp division between the two layers. Str. E consists of a sandy grey soil which becomes clay-like when wet. No finds in the upper part of this str. Finds from str. D sometimes lying immediately over str. E, with one side resting in str. E.

Pithos fragments and tiles

Heavy layer all over the cut. Some pithos standing upright, with the bottom preserved; other seemingly kicked or fallen over. Very frew rim fragments. Most pithos

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fragments plain. A few with a double rope pattern.

Tile fragments:

numerous but few in relation to the pithos fragments. A complete width of a cover tile was found. Likewise a pan tile with a letter, an alpha. Tile fragments seemed larger in grid A-F 2 than in 3-4. No complete length of a pan tile recovered.

1-2 boxes of pithos and tile fragments gathered from each square meter.

Pottery

Bucchero predominant. Fine walls. Linear designs, scallops and figure decoration. bowls, cups and kylixes of

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varying size and quality.

Two complete jars of impasto with a band decoration below the rim.

Frequency of sherds noticeable. Strawberry cartons filled wiht many small not identifiable pieces. Layer sections of pots usually found together leaning against the body of a pithos. The complete pots found so far have been lying upside down with the foot or bottom facing upwards. Inside on of the pots from C2 there was a carbonized object which looked like nut or small fruit with at least two small stones inside. In working over the sherds the magazzino staff discovered that sherds from different ends of the trench join.

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Other objects

Small ivories have appeared in Str. D in the layer below the tile and pithos fragments. They have been found in all hte grids in which we have lifted the tile and pithos fragments. The ivories are in the most part heavily burnt and look very much like bucchero. The surface is however much shinier and somewhat striped.

In addition to several bronze nails and unidentifiable lumps we have found a fibula, a rhyton (?) and two bronze statuettes. These latter objects were lying immediately under a pithos fragment, facing upwards.

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Spindle whorls, all of bucchero or buccheroid impasto appear in large numbers- ca 15 so far. They are for the most part small, with vertical ridges in the body.

A bronze object- probably the rim of a cauldron has been noticed but is not yet excavated. see p. 97

Two iron objects, seemingly long and straight have been noticed but not yet excavated. see p. 87

Chunks of "stucco" have been found in the upper layers of str. D.

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Ingrid Edlund. "IE III (1971-06-26):75-85; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro Rectangle/Tesoro Rectangle 8/1971, ID:286". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <http://opencontext.org/documents/5d2cf14e-3254-4188-907a-405c2f1747b5>

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