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Thursday, July 14, 2011


Work began by scraping down with trowels the remaining soil of Loci 5 and 6 and with a pick pass of Locus 8 . The soil of both Loci 5 and 6 is a mixture of dark olive-brown and dark grayish-blue claylike, moist soil with a distinct organic smell. Few rocks and archaeological material, such as tile or ceramics, were found. Soil was sorted in the trench directly into buckets.

A pick pass was made of Locus 8 . The soil is dark olive-brown and claylike, with a similar smell to the soils of Loci 5 and 6 ; the soil of Locus 8 resembles some of the earlier Loci 5 and 6 soils, as it is similar in color and texture and also contains some rocks. Soil was sorted into buckets in the trench and a fair amount of tile and pottery, but no bone, was recovered, including an unusual terracotta fragment (Find #1) and a piece of vitrified terracotta (Find #2).

The remainder of Loci 5 and 6 was quickly scraped down to the elevation of the 2010 floor and so baulk walls were trimmed in preparation for the closing of Loci 5 , 6 , and 8 .

Two more pick passes were made of Locus 8 . The soil, while at times maintaining its dark olive-brown color, is becoming increasingly dark grayish-blue, like the soil at the bottom of Loci 5 and 6 . Soil

continues to contain smaller rocks, some tile, and pottery and smells somewhat fetid and organic. Soil is sorted directly into buckets in the trench. Once this pick pass was cleaned up, the remaining Locus 8 soil was scraped sown to the elevation of the 2010 floor using hand picks and trowels, in preparation for the closing of the locus. Baulk walls continued to be trimmed, when iron (Find #3) was found.

Special Finds

\xb7 Find #1

\xb7 Locus 8

\xb7 100.93S/49.30W

\xb7 29.82m A.E.

\xb7 Unusual terracotta

\xb7 Drawing

\xb7 Find #2

\xb7 Locus 8

\xb7 101.22S/49.05w

\xb7 29.84m A.E.

\xb7 Vitrified terracotta

\xb7 Drawing

\xb7 Find #3

\xb7 Baulk trim ( Locus 8 )

\xb7 100.73S/47.14W

\xb7 29.50m A.E.

\xb7 Iron fragment

\xb7 Drawing


Work continued with trimming baulk walls, in preparation for the closing of Loci 5 , 6 , and 8 and the opening of Locus 9 through the entire eastern and southern meters of the trench. While trimming baulk walls, a river stone (Find #4) was found.

Locus 5

\xb7 Tile and Plaster: 0 pieces

\xb7 Pottery: 0 sherds

\xb7 Bone: 0 fragments

Locus 6

\xb7 Tile and Plaster: 13 pieces

\xb7 Pottery: 6 sherds

\xb7 Bone: 0 fragments

Locus 8

\xb7 Tile and Plaster: \xbc bowl

\xb7 Pottery: 49 sherds

\xb7 Bone: 0 pieces

Baulk Trim

\xb7 Tile and Plaster: 2/3 bowl

\xb7 Pottery: 54 sherds

\xb7 Bone: 0 fragments

Special Finds

\xb7 Find #4

\xb7 Baulk Trim ( Locus 3 )

\xb7 100.83S/47.36W

\xb7 29.73m A.E.

\xb7 River stone

\xb7 Drawing

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Fredrik G. Tobin. "FGT I (2011-07-14):133-140; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Civitate B/Civitate B 38/2011, ID:637/Locus 5". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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