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July 25, 1996

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Cleared brush in R13, recovering several tile and pottery fragments. A terracotta fragment with fenestration was taken to the magazzino.

In the E140, S19 trench work continued in meters E140-140, S19-20, removing more of Locus 3 and leveling to approximatley 70cm b.d.  This produced 6-8 fragments of terracotta and 20-25 fragments of pottery and bone.

To the west of this trench, in the area between the orientalizing and archaic walls (approximatley a meter seperates the two; see plan, page 3) a shallow cut was made to trace the southern edge of the orientalizing wall, and to a ascertain if there may be another cross wall of the orientalizing structure. The overall dimensions of the structure are approximatley 9.5 meters north-south and 19.5 meters east-west. The work in this area lowered meters E137-138, S20-21 ro approximatley 34cm b.d. The soil was yellowish and had thick grass growing in it. It will be extended this afternoon and material quantities will be recorded then.

The E140, S28 trench was extenede to the south and east into meters E42-144, S30, in hopes of tracing the southern most extent of the orientalizing

foundations. Several smaller stones were exposed, but their relationship to the wall is not yet clear. Soil and material quantities will be recorded in the afternoon. In R15 work continued leveling the floor in order to further define the stones in the area. Work here especially focused on meters E147-148, S31 in hopes of tracing a corner of the orientalizing structure. Soil and material quantities will be recored in the afternoon.


The area in E137-138, S20-21 was extended approximatley 30cm eastward. No new stones were revealed. The soil in this area was consistant with that found this morning. 2 fragments of pottery and 5 of terracotta were recovered.

In Meters E142-144, S30 work continued. The stones in this area are small and irregular; they do not seem to be related the the foundation of the orientalizing structure. The soil was dark brown with some carbon and plaster, Locus 5. A very red pocket was found in E142-143, S30 -a very grainy red soil or disintigrated terracotta. 3/4 of a latte box of pottery and bone fragments, especially heavy corseware, were recovered with 12-15 small fragments of terracotta and plaster.

In R15 several flat stones were exposed wihich seem to align with the known foundations of the orientalizing structure. The area was leveled to approximaty    cm b.d. The soil was largely darkish gray, discolored from exposure to the elements and standing water over the years. However in E148, S32 an area of brownish/olive clay was encountered, no material was recovered from it. The work in this area produced 14 fragments of pottery and bone, and 20-25 fragments of terracotta.

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Alexis M. Christensen. "AMC V (1996-07-25):46-51; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro South Flank/Tesoro South Flank 0/1997, ID:355". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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