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August 4, 1981


T-23 Summary: The trench was taken to 1.4-1.5 m, except for the stone packing.  A final 1.6 m cut was made.

  • Tile: ---
  • Pottery: ---

A new cut was completed over T-23 bringing the trench to 1.4-1.5 m.  The soil of this cut was light yellow in meters AA-BB-CC/11-12 and a dark brown in meters A-B/11-12 and part of C/11-12.  At 1.5 m in BB/11, galestra appeared to be present.  This cut, 25 cm in depth, was devoid of pottery or tile and was hard and clay-like.  The meters where the stone packing was found, D-C/10-12, were not further excavated and remain at 90 cm (see yesterday's entry).

A final cut of 10 cm was made over the trench to bring the floor level to 1.5-1.6 m.  The floor is galestra

in AA-BB-CC/11-12, but more of a yellow or bright gray clay in A-B-C/11-12.  The soil is dark brown at floor level in B-C/12.  The large stone in A/12 was left in place.  The stone packing already mentioned was left intact also - it appears to be a heavy packing, i.e. thick.  This completes work in T-23 1981 for this season.

A clean-up operation was begun in T-23 1979 South and T-23 1980.  The eroded soil that was removed was placed on this year's soil dump.

The soil in C-B/12 remained dark brown (not virgin) from 1.2-1.6 m.


Work continued in cleaning the earth which has fallen into T-23 1980 and T-23 1979 South.  Also, discard pottery for T-26, T-25, Rect. 22, Agger Extension was placed in half oil drums in their respective trenches.  This concludes excavation of Poggio Civitate for this season.

  • Tile: 1 (from old trenches)
  • Pottery: Negl.


  • Find #1
  • II/10 T-23 1980
  • 1.2 m
  • Stamped impasto rocchetto with cocentric circle stamp on both ends - found while cleaning the trench of winter washout
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Mark Tobey. "MT IV (1981-08-04):135-139; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 23/1981, ID:419". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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