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Thursday, 24 July 2014


Work began in both Loci 5 and 7 . In the Locus 7 sounding, the floor was brought level with that of T60 using trowels and hand picks. No rocks were found, indicating that the ring-like rock feature does not continue, but soil int he floor of the sounding is yellowish brown and flakey, like the soil in T60 , and yellow galestra has been found in the NW corner, directly beneath bedrock. Soil was hand sorted directly into buckets in the trench and very few materials were found.

In Locus 5 , soil and small rocks were removed to lower the elevation of the locus approximately 10cm. in order to more clearly reveal any potential soil changes and lend clarity to the shapes of various rock features. Work began at exposed bedrock that runs across the central meters of the trench and worked upslope and north, with some of the smaller rocks of the northern linear rock feature removed, to better determine if they are components of an integrated feature. Soil is predominantly yellowish brown and claylike but also contains visible charcoal fragments, especially between the northern rock feature and the central bedrock. Soil is hand sorted directly into buckets in the trench with 1 in 3 buckets dry sieved. Very little tile has been

found but relatively high quantities of pottery and burnt bone have been recovered. Included among these is a burnt diagnostic long bone fragment (Find #1), a burnt possible pig knuckle (Find #2), a possible whole bucchero footed vessel (Find #3), a burnt vertebra (Find #4), an entire long bone fragment (Find #5), another burnt diagnostic bone fragment (Find #6), and a burnt animal joint (Find #7). Find #3, the bucchero footed vessel, was photographed in situ before being removed.

Once the surface of Locus 7 was brought level with that of T60 , all work concentrated in Locus 5 . Hand picks and trowels continued to be used to excavate soil between the central bedrock and the northern rock feature and to remove the smaller rocks of the northern rock feature. Soil continues to be yellowish brown, claylike, and with carbon and is hand sorted directly into buckets, with 1 in 3 dry sieved. Relatively high amounts of pottery and burnt bone, but very little tile, has been found, including a ridged impasto rim (Find #8), an apparent impasto handle that is rectangular in cross section (Find #9), and two pieces of iron slag.

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  • Find #9
  • 96.21E/41.78S
  • 28.71m A.E.
  • Impasto handle with rectangular cross section


Work continued in the afternoon by continuing to work in Locus 5 , removing approximately 10-15cm of soil and some of the smaller rocks on the upper surface of the northern linear rock feature. Hand picks and trowels are used to excavate and soil is beginning to appear slightly reddish brown and remains claylike. Many rocks have been found directly north of the central bedrock features and the locus is uniformly rocky, with small to medium-sized stones; these rocks extend downward to unknown depths. Soil within rocks contains small fragments of terracotta and charcoal, and lots of pottery and bone has been recovered from between the exposed central bedrock and the northern linear rock feature. Included among these materials are a rocchetto fragment (Find #11) and a cut out akroterion fragment (Find #12).

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Locus 5 :

  • Tile: 1/8 bowl
  • Pottery: 72 sherds
  • Bone: 35 bone

Locus 7 :

  • Tile: 3 fragments
  • Pottery: 1 sherd
  • Bone: 0 fragments

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Katharine R. Kreindler. "KRK VII (2014-07-24):165-176; 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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