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July 8, 1987


Work continued clearing down to 35-40cm in G-I/90-92.  In GH/91-92 the material thought to be tile at the base of the cut was cleared down and determined to also include large fragments of pithos.  A large rock borders on the terracotta to the northeast.  Soil right around this area was greyish in color and included some disintegrated plaster but only rare flecks of carbon.  Most of this material was left in situ but of the few fragments of terracotta and plaster lifted none showed any evidence of burning or blackening.  Of the material left in the ground none as yet seemed burned.  A few fragments of mixed pottery including fineware and bucchero were also found here.  This area will be cleared to determine whether there was an entire pithos and to see what exactly the character of the area was.

To the other side of the stump in HI/91 the cut was worked northeast.  In I/90-91 the soil was grey brown with little stones.  Once into H more tile, plaster and ceramic was found.  Almost all material showed no burning until several

fragments of heavily burned tile were lifted while working around the north side of the stump back towards the previously mentioned pithos-tile-rock area.

In JK/86-88 the cut continued to more northward.  Particularly in J/86 there appeared a soil change from the more grey-brown with some disintegrated plaster to soil with more terracotta, pithos, disintegrated plaster and especially carbon and burned material.  Among this material was found some not-readily-identifiable statue fragment as well as some small pieces of bronze sheet.




Work continued in J-K/86-87 and the soil continued to show heavy black and reddish burn.  Much of the material was not burned.  As in the A.M. large percentage of terracotta included pithos.  One full cassetta of almost all tile was removed.  Some plaster included flat-edged was found also.  About 3/4 latte box of mixed ceramic was found here, a few fragments of which was burned.  Almost no bone came out of this particular area.

To the east in G-I/90-91 the area north and west of the tile-pithos-rock concentration was further cleaned down.  At a similar depth of 40-45 cm in G/91 there again appeared terracotta and plaster and rocks.  Some carbon was also found in chunks.  From the small amount of earth removed one full cassetta of mostly tile (80%, 20% plaster) was recovered as well as about 1/5 cassetta of pithos.  About 1 latte box of ceramic was found, almost all of which was fineware.  Pottery included fine redware high lipped bowls and bucchero handles including strap handles.

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Abbey Collins. "AC VII (1987-07-08):108-115; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1987, ID:433". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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