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June 8, 1983

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  • Tile: 3
  • Pottery: 4

The dump soil covering the sand, (which covers the "floor") in the area M,N,O-77-82 and P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W-74-82 was removed, leaving only the sand covering the floor (see MT Book VII, last days of work , for description of how the "floor" was covered last year).  Work continued in M,N,O-77-82 removing the sand from the tile fall and rock packing in this area.  One cassetta of tile and one pottery box were recovered during removal of the soil above the sand.

Meters Z-62-66 continued to be brought down to the 30-40cm.  The soil remained light brown with some carbon flecks; the pottery was diverse but contained some fine bucchero fragments; pithoi fragments were encountered, as were stones.  A pan tile fragment which was

warped, apparently due to an accident in its firing, was found in Z-63/62 at ~35cm.

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It was brought down to the magazzino.  A portion of it remains in the ground..  Bronze (1 piece) was also found.

A new cut, the 3rd, was made in X-62-64 and Y-65,66 bringing the level of the trench to ~60cm in the former and ~45-50cm in the latter.  A stone "column" base was encountered in X-62 and this determined the depth of the cut there.  Also, "floor" was discovered in Y-65 at ~45cm.  There appeared to be a rock packing to the east of this meter.  A number of tiles

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appeared to be present just above the floor.  A slight amount of soil (a few cms.) separated them from the floor.  Most of these tiles were small fragments but one cover tile with a width preserved was found.  More about the relation of these tiles to the floor will be known with further excavation.  The tile with its width preserved was taken to the magazzino.  Note also that a cover tile with its width preserved was found while cleaning the soil covering over meters M,N,O-77-82.  It also was taken to the magazzino.

The soil of the 3rd cut was light brown, just as that of the 2nd cut.  But this soil was perhaps more reddish.  It is difficult to tell at this point.  The 3rd cut produced 1/2 cassetta of tile; the 2nd cut produced 1 1/2 cassetta of tile.  Note that the 2nd cut (to ~40cm) produced ~1 pottery box of bone, much of it teeth and jaw fragments.

Note that the portion of "rabbit" jaw found today was not directly above the floor, but lay on ~5-10cm of soil, apparently above floor.

Note: Bone Analysis 1983

All the bone collected through today was cleaned and examined for cut marks or evidence of being worked.  Approximately one large back of bone has been recovered (measuring ~40cmx10cmx8cm).  Of these bones, only one (Find #8, MT VIII pg 33 ) is definitely "worked" (cut) and there are two pieces which may possibly be worked.  The bones vary; some are burned, most are not.  They appear to belong to both large and small animals.  A large portion of the bones are teeth (15-20%) but the bones appear to come from all parts of the skeletal anatomy.  Approximately 11 bones were found to have cut marks, though some of these are "tenuous."  This comprises ~10% of the bone found through today.

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Mark Tobey. "MT VIII (1983-06-08):37-45; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1983, ID:116". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <http://opencontext.org/documents/5e99188e-52eb-4564-9c15-96fc1829c85b>

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