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For Monday June 27, 1983: [ Drawing of trench ]


MONDAY June 27, 1983


Tile: 2

Pottery: 2

The topsoil was removed from meters beta,gamma-67-69.  This brought the level of these meters to ~15cm.  The soil was dark and rooty and contained little tile or pottery.  "Floor" was not evident at this depth and it may lie just slightly beneath this or itt may have eroded down the hill, since these meters

descend down the slope of the hill.

Meters X-alpha,61-59 continued to be brought down to ~40cm with pick and careful checking of soil in wheelbarrow.  Meters X-61-59 and a portion of Y-61-59 were left at the ~25cm level as was a portion of Z,gamma-59.  Approximately 1 1/2 cassette of tile were recovered.  The soil was light brown, contained some carbon specks, but not much pottery was recovered.  There appears to be a concentration of tiles just below the 40cm level. (See pg. 257 for photos.  See also p. 296 )

Meters T-65-69 were cleaned with mestaline.  The work was intended to expose the "floor" by removing the ~5-10cm of soil and plaster just above the "floor."  When the work began, however, it appears that the floor ends or is broken in T-65,66 and is replaced by a rock packing (similar to that found last year in M,N,O,77-82) covered with soil and plaster.  The "floor" and rock packing lie at ~60cm respectively in these meters. (See pg 257 for photos.)

"Floor" does continue to be found, covered with a heavy plaster layer ~10cm thick, in meter T-69.  It appears that the floor will change to rock packing to the north of the row of column bases running from meter N/O-82 in a line to X-62.  This could define one side of the building.

Work was halted at 9am (after 2 hours) due to rain.

[Immediately outside this north line of column bases running over the floor under the plaster layer and into the rock packing was a very distinctive black burn layer.  Very little tile or pottery was recovered from the work conducted in this area today.

--observations of Assistant trenchmaster A. Collins]



  • Find #3
  • X-Z/62-66
  • Incised orangeware fragment

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Mark Tobey. "MT VIII (1983-06-27):212-221; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1983, ID:116". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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