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T26 Plan at Opening of Season

  • Sketch 1, 27 June 1985, T26 Profile East Face

  • Sketch 2: distribution of lateral sima and female-headed antefix fragments in area excavated in 1985 (schematically rendered)

The trench Tesoro 26 was opened in 1981 (M. Tobey Books III and IV) in the vicinity of the ivory-rich T23, but a second trench T26 opened well to the south revealed the existence of the great "South Building" in 1982 (M. Tobey Books V, VI, and VII) with exploration continuing in 1983 (M. Tobey Book VIII).  The trench was extended toward the east and both extended and broadened in the western section in 1984 (A. Collins I), as the eastward extension of T25 crossed the building and joined the western face of T26 (C. Tuit Books I and II).  It is the goal, once again, of this season's work to fully excavate the structure's remains and contents in order to provide enough data to permit the eventual resolution of the architectural - and functional - problems it poses.  Our aim is specifically to move "compass east" in T26 and "compass west" in T25 ("east" and "west" being conventional, following the orientation of the archaic complex).  This should uncover the extremities of the building and thus reveal the entire plan.  In addition, southward extensions at the east end will test the hypothesis that the structure was supported by no more than three rows of columns.  Finally, sondages in the immediate vicinity, and in particular south of the central area full of unbaked tiles, will be opened in the hope of documenting a closely related, and probably nearby, structure, the kiln or kilns in which the terracottas were to have been fired.  The system of coordinates to be adopted for work in T26 will be as faithful a reconstruction as possible of that employed by Tobey and Collins, as system is skewed from the conventional orientation of the "Upper Building."

Damage incurred during the year is summarized infra p 23-25.  Among the fragments washed and pulled from trench walls are a number of interesting finds.

Stray Finds


  • Find #1
  • LO/87-88
  • fragment of stamped and incised bucchero rim whith lip from cup


  • Find #2
  • LO/87-88
  • fragment of an intensely burned terracotta object with cylindrical element partially preserved and unburned


  • Find #3
  • LO/87-88
  • fragment from the short end of a cover-tile with incised letter, gamma or digamma

Column Bases, Damage in V-W/72-73

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L. Ron Lacy. "LRL II (1985-06-10):1-22; Introduction from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 26/1985, ID:434". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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