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Thursday June 23, 2005


The day began with the clearing of some residual brush.  Lines were laid for T-43A and a dirt dump was established down the path to the south.  A relative datum point was established by nailing a nail into the largish tree directly to the north of the trench.

A preliminary sketch of the trench is located on the following page.

Opening elevations for Locus 1 of T-43A were as follows:

  • NW:     100 cm b.d. (A)*      24.57 m absolute elevation
  • SW:     68 cm b.d. (B)      23.21 m absolute elevation
  • NE:     157.5 cm b.d.(A)      23.995 m absolute elevation
  • SE:     110.5 cm b.d. (B)      22.785 m absolute elevation
  • Center:     40 cm b.d. (B)     23.49 m absolute elevation

*  The northwestern corner's elevation will remain stable during excavation due to the presence of a large stump in that corner that will not be removed during the course of excavation.

*  b.d. = below the relative datum point

Because of the extreme slope of the hill, two separate relative datum points had to be established so that all areas of the trench could have elevations taken.  One, that previously mentioned and referred to as "A", was established in a tree directly northe of the trench.  It will be used for the northern half of  the trench.  The second point, referred to as "B" and located just outside of T-43B, will be used for the sourthern half of the trench.  Point "B"is the same relative point used by T-43B (see JMH I pg. 9).

A ca. 5 cm pick pass of the northern half of the trench was taken.  During sifting a piece of pottery with yellowish glaze, presumably medieval, was found.


We continued to pick and sort the trench.  We began defining the rocks visible in the northern poriton of the trench.  THese rocks are approximately in line and are perhaps evidence of the existence of the retaining wall in this area.  WHile defining the rocks a large chunk of charcoal was discovered.

Material Yield for June 23:

  • Locus 1
    • 1 1/8 latte box of terracotta
    • 2 special finds
    • 3 pottery sherds

Pottery Summary for June 23:

  • Locus 1
    • 3 impasto (1 base, 2 body)

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Sonia Amaral Rohter. "SAR III (2005-06-23):15-22; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 43A/2005, ID:557/Locus 1". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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