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Monday, July 27, 2015


Work began today with baulk wall trimming in the North and East walls of the extension as well as the western wall of the original trench. The floor soil was still a bit wet, so it was decided that work would begin elsewhere to allow the floor of the trench to dry out. Baulk trimming is being carried out with pick axes in the extension and handpicks, trowels, and clippers in the trench. The soil is a mix of different Loci, so it includes a mix of medium brown, dark brown, chalky limestone inclusions and small to medium sized rocks. Soil is being shoveled into buckets then sorted over the wheelbarrow. Some tile and pottery have been recovered.

While baulk trimming a dental frieze plaque fragment was recovered ( Find #1 ) from

the Northern baulk wall associated with Locus 3 .

Special Finds


\xb7 Baulk trimming ( Locus 3 )

\xb7 108.2E/38S

\xb7 27.81 mAE

\xb7 Dental frieze plaque fragment

Baulk wall trimming continued into the late AM. Pick axes, handpicks, trowels, and clippers are being used to clean up the baulk walls before we continue digging in the floor of the trench. Soil is being shoveled into buckets then sorted over the wheelbarrow. Soil color is still a mix of multiple colors, medium brown, dark brown with chalky, stoney inclusion. There are many small to medium sized rocks sticking out of the baulk walls, including a large stone in the northern wall. Baulk walls are now

almost perpendicular and flat. Some tile and pottery have been recovered.


Work continues in the afternoon by preparing the trench for photos. Locus 5 will be opened through the entire trench, including the original and northern extension. Loci 2 and 4 are being closed in order that Locus 5 can represent the whole trench. Locus 4 is now at the same elevation as Locus 2 , and so can be closed. Because both loci 2 and 4 were topsoil overlaying a dirt dump deposit, they will now be close and conflated into Locus 5.

Locus 4 closing elevations

\xb7 NW corner: 27.18 mAE

\xb7 NE corner: 27.14 mAE

\xb7 SE corner: 26.97 mAE

\xb7 SW corner: 27.13 mAE

Locus 2 closing elevations

\xb7 NW corner: 27.13 mAE

\xb7 NE corner: 26.97 mAE

\xb7 SE corner: 26.87 mAE

\xb7 SW corner: 26.96 mAE

Locus 5 opening elevations

\xb7 NW corner: 27.18 mAE

\xb7 NE corner: 27.14 mAE

\xb7 SE corner: 26.87 mAE

\xb7 SW corner: 26.96 mAE

Photographs and elevations were taken.

A first pick pass was made beginning in the northeast corner of the trench. Soil is still slightly wet but otherwise dark and claylike with a few pockets of carbon. There are some stoney inclusions from pebbly to palm-sized. Soil is shoveled into buckets and sorted over a wheelbarrow. Because the trench is nearing the elevation at which T-79 and T-81 met potential stone features, pick passes from here on out will be made with less than normal force.

Another pick pass of partial force was made in the northwest meters of the trench going southward. A third pick pass also going through the northwest meters of the trench revealed potential stones of large size. After the soil was shoveled into buckets and sorted over a wheelbarrow, it was decided to use handpicks

and trowels to peel back the northernmost meters of the trench so that any potential large stones can be more easily preserved.

While shoveling the dirt from this pass, a piece of slag ( Find #2) was found. Coordinates and elevation were taken.

Special Finds


\xb7 Locus 5

\xb7 106.34E/37.64S

\xb7 27.10 mAE

\xb7 Slag

Work continues with troweling and handpicking the area between the rock feature in T-81 and the rock feature in T-79, in the northern meters of the trench going west diagonally down to the east.

Soil is hand sorted into buckets and dumped into a wheelbarrow to be taken to the dirt dump. Some tile and pottery have been found and a few fragments of bone, as well.

Closing elevations were taken.

Closing elevations: Locus 5

\xb7 NW corner: 27.09 mAE

\xb7 NE corner: 27.16 mAE

\xb7 SE corner: 26.87 mAE

\xb7 SW corner: 26.96 mAE

Locus 5

\xb7 Tile: 1/3 bowl

\xb7 Pottery: 16 sherds

\xb7 Bone: 10 fragments

Baulk trim

\xb7 Tile: 2 bowls

\xb7 Pottery: 33 sherds

\xb7 Bone: 1 fragment

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Katharine R. Kreindler. "KRK IX (2015-07-27):115-126; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 78/2015, ID:701/Locus 2". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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