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Thursday, 17 July 2014


Work began by continuing to use hand picks and trowels to excavate Locus 5 , beginning in the north at the linear rock feature and moving south. The purpose of this is to determine whether there are more rocks underlying the exposed linear rock feature, which would imply the stones are stacked and are placed this way intentionally, or if there are no rocks to the south of the feature, which would make the rocks clearly delineated. Some large stones were found underlying the linear rock feature but at this point it is unclear how far to the south these rocks extend. Soil is medium yellowish-brown and claylike , with some patches of charcoal, particularly in the central meters of the trench, just south of the linear rock feature. One larger lump of charcoal was affixed to a bellows fragment (Find #3) and the bellows fragment and charcoal were collected together. Soil is hand sorted directly into buckets in the trench, with 1 in 3 buckets dry sieved. While troweling, we also found a sherd of incised pottery (Find #1), an

animal phalanx bone (Find #2), a pice of diagnostic bone (Find #4, a tooth (Find #5), a bucchero ribbed handle fragment (Find #6), a second animal tooth (Find #7), and a sherd of bucchero with triangular stamps (Find #8).

As we scraped back from the linear rock feature, many smaller rocks were found extending to the south.

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Work continued in Locus 5 by continuing to work out from the linear rock feature to the south. Hand picks and trowels are used to excavate 5-10cm of soil, in order to determine whether the linear rock feature is composed of stacked stones and is delineated to the south. This has shown that larger rocks underlie the feature in places and while the northern side of the rock feature is clearly delineated, to the south medium-sized rocks abut the feature in the east while in the west a combination of very small to medium sized rocks push up against the linear rock feature. Additionally, in the western half of the locus relatively high quantities of charcoal have been found, while none has been found in the eastern meters. Soil is medium brown and is starting to appear more reddish brown in color and is claylike in texture. Soil is sorted directly into buckets in the trench and 1 in 3 buckets is dry sieved. Very little tile has been found but relatively high quantities of pottery and bone have been found, as well as a third animal tooth (Find #10) and a sherd of slipped pottery (Find #11). Closing elevations for the day were taken.

Special finds:

Closing elevations: Locus 5

  • NW corner: 28.87m A.E.
  • NE corner: 28.94m A.E.
  • SE corner: 28.69m A.E.
  • SW corner: 28.57m A.E.

Locus 5 :

  • Tile: 1/7 bowl
  • Pottery: 58 sherds (2 sieved)
  • Bone: 10 fragments (1 sieved)

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Katharine R. Kreindler. "KRK VII (2014-07-17):127-136; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 59/2014, ID:676/Locus 4". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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