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Daily Log:

Thursday, July 21, 2011


The morning began by organization and layout of the trench. Using a baseline, 80 W, shot with a transit, triangulation was used to establish the SW and NW corners of the trench. Measuring tapes were used to establish the proper corner points of the 3 x 2 meter trench. The coordinates are as follows: NW (80 W / 105 S), NE (78 W / 105 S), SE (78 W / 108 S), and SW (80 W / 108 S). Brush, roots, and plants were cleared from and around the trench using root clippers and a machete. Once clean, a trench line was set up, marking off the trench, and opening photos and elevations were taken. (The datum point had already been established at 33.11 m A.E.) A sketch of the trench was also drawn.

Trench Coordinates:

\x95 NW (80 W / 105 S)

\x95 NE (78 W / 105 S)

\x95 SE (78 W / 108S)

\x95 SW (80 W / 108S)

Trench Diagram:

Opening Elevations:

\x95 NW (80 W / 105 S): 31.87 m A.D.

\x95 NE (78 W / 105 S): 31.86 m A.D.

\x95 SE (78 W / 108 S): 31.75 m A.D.

\x95 SW (80 W / 108 S): 31.81 m A.D.

Using the established datum point, a line level, a tape measurer, and a plum bob these opening elevations were taken. Locus 1 was then declared and the first pick pass began in the northern portion of the trench. Dirt was trench broken up with the handpicks or trowels, sorted by hand into a bucket, and then dumped into the dirt dump located to the SE. The soil is extremely root filled and very baked and hard on the topsoil. It has a brownish color. A few pieces of extremely worn and small terra cotta was found as well as even less pottery. A piece of plaster was found as well. Two other pick passes were preformed in the same way, through the same soil, with similar artifact recovery.


The afternoon began with another pick pass along the southern most portion of the trench. The soil appears to be less root filled and slightly less hard but overall the same. A small amount of highly worn terra cotta is still being recovered. The pick pas through the entire trench was finished at the end of the day. The soil remained a brownish, root-filled

Soil yielding only small amounts of worn terra cotta and fewer pieces of pottery. The soil was sorted into the buckets using a trowel and then dumped into the dirt dump. At the end of the day roots were clipped throughout the trench, pottery was counted, and closing elevations were taken using our line from the datum point, a line level, a plum bob, and a tape measure.

Closing Elevations:

Locus 1:

\x95 NW (80 W / 105 S): 31.80 m A.E.

\x95 NE (78 W / 105 S): 31.79 m A.E.

\x95 SE (78 W / 108 S): 31.74 m A.E.

\x95 SW (80 W / 108 S): 31.77 m A.E.

Bulk Finds:

Locus 1:

\x95 Terra Cotta: 1/2 latte box

\x95 Pottery: 12 sherds

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Mike C. Ginnard. "MCG I (2011-07-21):21-28; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Civitate B/Civitate B 48/2011, ID:643/Locus 1". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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