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July 29, 1982


Excavation continued on cut 3 in grids T/62-64, proceeding north across R and S/62-64.  In most respects, the stratigraphy remained unchanged from the previous day's excavations: In T/62, and 0.5 meters east in T/63, a yellow, compact soil is observable, containing small pieces of pan and cover tiles, many of which were burned.  Pottery quantity in this yellow soil was small, as were the number of stones uncovered.  Plaster was negligible in this region.

In the eastern half of grid T/63 and T/64, a dark red soil was evident.  Unlike the previous day's excavations, no dark burn layer was detected on the bottom of the cut, presumably because the floor of the building either vanishes or slopes downward in this area (it must be remembered that the floor of the structure under excavation contains a heavy burn layer in grids U&V/65.  See Mark Tobey, Book VI).  Vitrified tile and scattered carbon material are prevalent in the red soil.  Pottery content, though small, consists of many pieces of fine ware and pithoi.  In addition, there is a large amount of plaster throughout the cut.  It is interesting to note that there are an equally large number of tile and plaster (lying together, but in not sufficiant quantities and arrangements to constitute a tile fall) which are not burned, and are yet found with vitrified pieces.

In grid T/63, the yellowish soil detected previously, shifted to a light gray, with the same consistency in finds.  Large pithoi rims and fine ware plate fragments were discovered lying amidst red soil in R/64.  It is also significant to note that many of the pan tiles found in this cut varied in thicknesses and flange sizes.

In S/63, a large flat stone was discovered (with its flat sides oriented east-west) that is thin (15 cm) in thickness, yet appears to be 50 cm-100 cm long, on a north-south axis.  The length of its flat sides is unknown; They stretch from the top of the cut (yellow soil) through to the bottom (slightly red).


  • Find #2
  • T/63
  • 55 cm
  • Cut 3
  • Pithos (?) handle with hatched lined decoration.  Joins 19820127 and fragments without grid designations.






Immediately noticeable when the balk and sides of cut 3 have dried is a soil change present in the western balk.  A red layer begins in meter T and slopes upward and is about 10 cm in height.  Cut 3 was finished and a large rock in S/62 was lifted.  Large amounts of tile continued to appear as did pottery of all types, including some very nice fineware, bronze and plaster.  There was some burn material present in the soil and tile continues to be mixed: Unburned and burned.  Work was begun in grids W/62-64 in defining the floor and the column base with the tile resting on it and the floor.


  • Find #4
  • W/62
  • 60 cm
  • Cut 3
  • Sima "rabbit" head: complete with mouth and backing.

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Gary Dunham. "GD II (1982-07-29):49-64; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1982, ID:112". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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