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For Tuesday June 28, 1983 [ Drawing of trench ]


TUESDAY June 28, 1983


Tile: 5

Pottery: 8

Meters beta,gamma-70-71 continued to have the topsoil removed to bring the level of these meters to ~15cm.  The soil was dark and rooty, as topsoil often is, and contained little tile but a fair amount of pottery and much bone.  There was a particular concentration of bone in meter gamma-70 at ~15cm.  Three boxes of pottery (which included bone) and one cassetta of tile were recovered.  At ~15cm there appears to be "floor," plaster, or tile in these meters.  Further cleaning and excavation will make this more clear.

Meters R,S,T-65/64, where the huge stump rested  (which was removed June 22, 1983 ), were further taken down to ~70cm.  The soil here was red-orangish (from ~50-70cm) and contained specks of carbon and plaster.  Pithos fragments were encountered here also.  The soil was picked with a pick ax and then carefully checked in a wheelbarrow.  Approximately 1/2 a cassetta of tile and ~1/2 box of pottery were recovered.

Meters X,Y,Z-59 and X,Y-61-59 were completely taken to the 40cm level with pick and careful checking of the soil in the wheelbarrow.  The soil was light and contained much tile, some carbon, and small stones, and plaster.  Architectural terracotta pieces were found in this cut, in addition to two boxes of pottery and two cassette of tile.  It is interesting to note that an "upper building" cavetto fragment was found, intermixed with akroterion which have "lower building" parallels.

When the 40cm cut was completed through X,Y-59-61, meters X,Y,Z-61 were excavated with mestaline to floor level (~60-55cm).  The floor in X,Y,Z-62 is well preserved

which made this work easy.  The floor uncovered in X,Y,Z-61 is also well preserved.  A long flange piece to a pan tile was discovered and then lifted from right above the floor in X-61.  The soil right above the floor was light yellowish and contained pottery, tile, and plaster.  One cassetta of tile and two boxes of pottery were recovered from this cut in these meters.

Meters S-Z,65-71 were swept to better see where the "floor" exists in these meters.  Also, work continued with mestaline in T,S-65-69 removing the ~10cm of earth above what appears to be rock packing (see yesterday's entry).  In S-65,66 there appears to be some burnt tile or clay or plaster just above the rock packing.  This was left in place when recognized, as it may be "floor"--the soil is too moist to tell at this point.  The soil just above the rock packing showed black burn layer.  Approx. 1/2 a cassetta of tile was recovered and ~1/2 a box of pottery was recovered.




  • Find #4
  • X-61
  • 40cm
  • Tile "backer" to woman's head, part of forehead preserved--is actual half a woman's head, preserving forehead and eye




  • Find #10
  • X,61-59
  • 40cm
  • Akroterion fragment, found in tile cassetta--joins to #6, pg 197 , MT VIII
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Mark Tobey. "MT VIII (1983-06-28):220-237; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1983, ID:116". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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