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Grid of trench.

July 6, 1983

A.M.

  • Tile: 3
  • Pottery: 4

The shrubs and brush to the north of T-25 1982 ( see GD I for T-25 1982) were finished being cleaned in preparation for drawing of the T-25 1982 area.

The earth and sand above meters R-V,70-73 were recovered to expose the floor and column base in R,S-70-73 and the finer sand and earth above the unfired cover tiles in T,U,V-70-73.

The baulk from ~30-60 cm in R,S-73 was taken to the 60 cm level.  The soil was checked slowly in the wheelbarrow for ivory guilloche and several pieces were found.  The soil of this baulk was light brown to ~40 cm, containing tile, plaster, and carbon specks, but from ~40 cm to 60 cm the soil changed to a light plaster-like material.  This is what was referred to as possible "plaster-brick" yesterday ( see p. 289 ).  However, upon removal

of the sand and fill earth over meters R,S,T-73,72, the large pan tile extending from the baulk in R,S-73 was exposed ( see MT VI p. 251 and MT VII p. 57 ).  This tile is surrounded by the plaster-like material and therfore hurts the argument that the plaster is from bricks.

This tile apparently lies above the floor and the baulk was taken to the level of this tile in meters R,S-73 (~60 cm).  When the surface of this tile was fully exposed, it could be discerned that the one tile is actually covered by at least one other pan tile which lies above.  The plaster-like material which surrounds the tile was left in place.  This plaster lies ~10 cm above what is thought to be "floor."

The cut to ~60 cm was also extended into Q-74.  The soil was the same as that encountered in R-73, with a great concentration of light plaster material at ~40-60 cm.  Overall, two boxes of pottery were recovered from R-S-73 and Q-74 and 1 1/2 cassetta of tile were recovered.

In meters T-V/64-65, the remaining baulk material was removed down to floor level first by using a pick very carefully and following with mestline.  No well-preserved floor was encountered; however, there were pieces that could be floor.  It must be remembered that this area lies "outside" the row of 10 column bases.

About V/64-65, right next to the tile on the column base, a large rock was excavated.  Plaster was encountered in increased quantities moving west.  In V/64-65, a heavy burn layer was encountered about the rock and pan tile.  About 1 cassetta of tile and 1 box of pottery was excavated from this area.  Also noticeable is a heavy burn area that appears to run parallel to the column bases to the north to "outside."  It is visible from the stump in the baulk at V/62 down towards PQ/74-36.

Work was continued on clearing the floor in meters T-V/62-63.  A heavy burn layer was encountered and thought to be over the floor, i.e. not the floor.  IT was left intact and the soil and plaster over the burn cleared.  A few tiles protruding from the baulk in V/62 in a group were left.  Negligible tile and pottery were recovered.

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Mark Tobey. "MT VIII (1983-07-06):304-319; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1983, ID:116". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <http://opencontext.org/documents/967d0af2-676d-47f2-b62e-ba948625112b>

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