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June 14, 1990


Excavation of the area to the south of the pit formation in meters H-I/12 was initiated to determine both the extent and height of the feature.  Two ca. 10cm cuts were taken in meters H-I/11.  The soil in both cuts was dark brown in color and contained a large amount of small rocks and roots.  Only a few pieces of worn tile were recovered from the dark brown soil.  A third cut was then begun in meter I/11 directly above the pit formation.  Close scraping of the soil in this meter revealed a slight soil change from teh dark brown topsoil to a lighter brown soil occurring at a depth of ca. 20-25 cm from the ground level.  Directly above

this light brown soil was uncovered a coarseware rim, which may belong to the pit deposition.

A 10cm. cut was also taken in meters G-K/2, extending the depth of the trench in these meters to ca. 20-30cm. down the slope of the hill.  the soil in meters G-H/2 and J-K/2 was light brown in color and of a clay-like consistency.  Only a few small pieces of worn tile were discovered in the light brown soil.  The soil in meter I/2 was dark brown in color with many roots and small rocks.  This dark brown soil likewise contianed only a few pieces of worn tile.  In addition, a 10cm. cut was also begun in meters G-K/1 to a dpeth of ca. 40-55cm.  A line of small

rocks was uncovered through meters K/1-2.  The rocks do not appear to have been intentionally placed in a line, but seem to be part of a natural formation.  It will require additional excavation to more securely determine the nature of their placement and extent.


The area excavated in meters H-I/11 was cleaned down with a mestalina and hammer to more closely define the surface and area of the pit formation.  The soil change from dark to light brown encountered this morning at a dpeth of ca. 20-25cm was found to constitute a continuous stratum extending to the bottom of the presently excavated area to a depth of ca. 30-35cm.  this light brown soil contained only a few pieces of worn tile.  Instead of forming the surface level fo the pit deposit, this light brown soil would now appear to constitute a separate overlying stratum.

The cut begun this morning in meters K/1-2 was extended to a depth of ca. 45-50cm.

The soil in these meters was yellow-brown in color and contained a high concentration of small loose rocks.  This yellow brown soil can be identified as \'near\' galestra.  No material was recovered from this soil.  In addition, the line of rcks uncovered in meters K/1-2 was swept and cleaned.  Cleaning revealed them to constitute a natural formation of small rocks and they were removed.

A cut was also made in meter H/1 to a depth of ca. 45-50cm.  Near galestra was also encountered in this cut.  Several large stumps located in meters G-K/1 hindered the complete excavation of these areas.

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Jon Berkin. "JB I (1990-06-14):106-115; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Civitate B/Civitate B 23/1989, ID:232". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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