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11 July 2016


Excavation began concentrating in Locus 4 and Locus 2 . Using a hand pick, the stones in the eastern meter of Locus 2 were defined. One-half of a bowl of tile and few sherds of pottery were recovered with varying conditions. Some sherds were quite pitted, while others are well-preserved. The pottery fabrics were mainly coarseware and impasto. Approximately 10 stones were exposed, oriented roughly one meter from the eastern baulk wall into the trench. Perhaps there rocks are a continuation of the linear rock feature revealed in VT9 in 2015. In Locus 4, two pick passes were executed in the western 4m with the goal of further defining soil changes observed in Locus 3 in its western half in preparation for declaring new loci. In the western

50cm of Locus 4 , the soil was a reddish-brown clay-soil mixture that contained inclusions of tile and brick, both ancient and modern. Two pottery sherds were also recovered. This reddish-brown soil then diminished to the southern 30cm of the next 1m from the eastern trench line boundary. Between this soil and the northern baulk wall was a layer of compacted yellow-brown decomposing rock, also present in VT 13 in its northern meter. This soil contained inclusions of tile, brick, and modern glass, as well as black plastic. Just west of center in the southern 30cm of Locus 4 , several rocks were found.


Excavation resumed in Locus 4 , using a pickaxe to complete two pick-passes in the eastern meter. This soil was a densely-

compacted yellow-brown decomposing rock of the sort found in the north-central section of Locus 4 . Inclusions were few and consisted of tile fragments near the eastern trench line in the southeastern corner of Locus 4 where the soil was the same red-brown sandy clay mix. Meanwhile, the rocks in the eastern meter of Locus 2 continued to be defined and cleaned. Based on the linear arrangement of ricks clustered in Locus 2 and Locus 3 , rocks in the western meter of Locus 3 were also defined with the goal of ascertaining whether or not there is a relationship between these rock clusters. In both Locus 2 and Locus 3 , this defining and cleaning was done with a hand pick axe, and the loosened dirt was sorted into buckers by hand. Tile was sorted into bowls, and pottery was sorted into a small box.

Special Find #1

Pottery sherd with slip

Locus 2

Coordinates: 2.9 S/15 W

Elevation: 304.43 m A.S.L.

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Closing Totals:

Locus 2

Tile and plaster: \xbe bowl

Pottery: 31 sherds

Locus 3

Tile and plaster: 8 pieces

Pottery: 3 sherds

Locus 4

Tile and plaster: 2/3 bowl

Pottery: 12 sherds

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Eóin M. O'Donoghue. "VT 11 (2016-07-11):84-91; Daily Log from Italy/Vescovado di Murlo/Upper Vescovado/Vescovado 11/2016, ID:718/Locus 2". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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