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Friday, 18 July 2014


Work began by continuing to hand pick and trowel in Locus 5 , working south from the linear rock feature, in order to determine whether the linear rock feature is as clearly delineated on its southern side as on its northern side and whether these stones appear stacked. The area south of the linear rock feature is extremely rocky, with very small to medium sized rocks located immediately south of the feature ; further south are larger rocks and in the western part of the trench there appears to be bedrock. Additionally, in some places, very large stones underlie the linear rock feature but for the most part, these stones do not appear to be stacked. Soil for the most part is a medium yellowish brown color and is claylike, but in places soil appears redder, carbon inclusions have been found, especially in the western meters of the trench. Soil is hand sorted directly into buckets in the trench and 1 in 3 buckets is dry sieved. Very little tile has been found but medium quantities of pottery and bone were recovered. While removing the soil, a bronze fragment (Find #1) and a very low fire, fragile loom weight (Find #2), were found.

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Once approximately 5cm of soil was moved throughout Locus 5 , it was apparent that the southern side of the northern linear rock feature is not clearly delineated, like the northern side, but instead very small to medium-sized rocks directly abut the linear rock feature and in places, the linear rock feature stones lie atop large, flat rocks. Also, in the western half of the trench, in the central meters (N-S), bedrock has been exposed and immediately south of this bedrock lie large stones that appear to be linear, create a level surface, and run parallel to the northern linear rock feature; the linear rock feature in T65 may be a continuation of this.

In order to determine whether this southern rock feature composed of large rocks is in fact a line, Locus 5 will continue to be excavated, with the elevation of the potential feature being brought down to that of the upper surface of Locus 6 . As the soil around the rocks was excavated, in places more stones were found underlying the exposed rocks and near the center of the trench, there is a small concentration of tiles and pottery nestled between some rocks. Soil is mostly medium brown and claylike, but in places it is starting to appear slightly mottled, with limestone, terracotta, and carbon inclusions. Soil is hand sorted directly into buckets in the trench, with 1 in 3 buckets dry sieved. Somewhat more tile, pottery, and bone has been found lying between the stones. Closing elevations for the day were taken, but just before, a piece of tile with an adhered element (Find #3) was found.

Closing elevations: Locus 5

  • NW corner: 28.68m A.E.
  • NE corner: 28.80m A.E.
  • SE corner: 28.64m A.E.
  • SW corner: 28.52m A.E.

Locus 5 :

  • Tile: 1/3 bowl
  • Pottery: 61 sherds
  • Bone: 8 fragments (1 sieved)

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Katharine R. Kreindler. "KRK VII (2014-07-18):137-146; 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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