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July 29, 1971

Four projects involving T9 were begun today, one of which was discontinued-the lifting of the ridge of rocks and earth in B-C 7-13.

Excavation in T9 N-R 11-13 was begun with the purpose of following the cut in the bedrock running parallel to the E-W wall in 3-5. The topsoil, c15 cm in depth, was cleared over the whole area, from which the yield was almost solely very poor tile fragments. A notable exception, however, was a flat squarish piece of bronze with scallops at one end found only 10cm below surface level in T9 P13. Potsherds were very few.

Work on the rocks in B-C 7-13 was stopped in order to work on an area nother of the wall where we hope to find a similar series of flat rocks

to those found along the outside of the wall father east. The cut does not follow the T9 grid system but rather the wall itself: an area measuring 1.50m from then orthern edge of the wall in width and 9.6 m in length. In other words, a section from T9E running east to T9N but paralleling that portion of the wall excavated in 1969. This area will be desginated T9\' 1-10, with 1 being 60cm in length starting at the west and 2 through 19 being each 1m in length and proceding east. Actual excavation was of the 15cm layer of topsoil which yielded basically one box of tiles, some quite large, and a few sloppy sherds. The second cut was only just begun and yielded the same. A worn piece of cornice preserving most of two strigils was found in T9\'2.

The most productive and puzzling excavation was that in T9 N-R 3-7. After the last tree stumps were removed, it became apparent that the wall does not finish within the area liad out to be excavated and that a fifth flat stone to the north (in Q4) continues the line of the four already visible to the west. It was at this point that the 1.50m wide cut paralleling the wall was commenced, T9\'. There were two main segments of work on T9 N-R 3-7:

1. to the north of the wall, and

2. to the south.

To the north, digging proceded to a depth of c.58cm below surface level or to the base of the flat rocks. The finds here consisted of rather many (1 box in 2m square O-P area) tiles, approx 1/2 box potsherds including some find quality buddhero and Italo-Corinthian (?) fragments, some bones, and three specks of bronze.

Though some quantity of small rocks were lifted, they do not seem to be the same as the layer of rocks left to the south of the wall. Thus, to the south, excavation was carried down tot he level c.50cm of rocks which may correspond to the bedrock layer visible in the T9 area to the west excavated in 1969 beneath which nothing was found. Besides approx one box of tiles and many unimportant vase sherds, there emerged a fine bronze fibula and a long narrow carved piece of bronze associated with a fleck of bronze. These latter two came out right above the layer of rocks. Tomorrow this southern area will be cleared, perhaps ascertaining whether the lie of the rocks permits them to be classified as bedrock or some kind of stone fill. If they are truly bedrock, they must slope down the hill to the north beyond the wall since

the stones there do no appear the same.

THe questions regarding the wall seem to be

1. to what does the wall belong-terrace, building, or other, and

2. does the wall belong to the upper main building to the west overlaid on the destruction material of the lower.

Certainly the wall is not terribly substantial in wifth or depth compared to the main building, is not adjoined with the same, and has queer flat stones associated with it.


  • Find #1
  • T9 R3 30 cm down among rocks
  • Round bucchero segment, the bottom of a cup, preserving the grooves for attachment of stem and above stamped circles around the outside, the two concentric incised lines inclosing the raised center.


  • Find #3
  • T9 Q7 50cm down, above rocks
  • Bronze fibula


  • Find #10
  • stray find area of T9 south end of upper building
  • bucchero rim fragment with stamped design of hippcamps squares
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Tamsen Fuller. "TF I (1971-07-29):31-44; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 9/1971, ID:382". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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