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25 July 2016

A.M.

Excavation began this morning in Locus 5 and Locus 7 . The goal of this work, which included defining and cleaning the rock feature ( Locus 6 ), was to attempt to better understand the relationship between the rock feature and the fill layers ( Locus 5 and Locus 7 ) that abuts it on each side, as well as to seek the lowest point of the cut, which Locus 5 and Locus 7 fill. To this end, hand pick axes, trowels, and leaf trowels were used to loosen the soil in these loci, and this soil was then sorted into buckets. Additional buckets were used to contain tile / plaster and pottery, owing to the great volume of material. This material will then be quantified as usual (using bowls and counting to assess volume of fins recovered). In the northern extant of Locus 5 , the rocks of the rock feature were exposed in order to gain a better understanding of the hypothesized wall-feature's coursing, as well as the rock feature's relationship to lower strata. Inclusions in Locus 5 include pottery coarseware, impasto, and fine impasto as well as tile. Meanwhile, in Locus 7 , both the southern extent of the locus

as well as the terracotta-packing in the north of Locus 7 . The slope of Locus 4 , which abuts / is covered by Locus 7 was exposed and defined on an ad hoc basis. On the southern side of Locus 6 , at least three courses of rocks are evident. Ten special finds were found:

Special Find #1:

Painted Terracotta Fragment

Locus 7

2.13 S / 19.93 W

304.26 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #2:

Tile with Finger Mark

Locus 7

1.49 S / 17.76 W

304.24 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #3:

Painted Terracotta Fragment

Locus 5

3.28 S / 17.77 W

304.03 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #4:

Bone

Locus 7

2.06 S / 17.14 W

304.26 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #5:

Architectural Terracotta Fragment (?)

Locus 5

3.14 S / 17.08 W

304.05 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #6:

Bone

Locus 5

3.06 S / 16.51 W

304.19 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #7:

Black Glaze (Greek?) Body Sherd

Locus 5

3.08 S / 16.59 W

304.10 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #8:

Black Glaze (Greek?) Body Sherd

Locus 5

3.08 S / 16.59 W

304.10 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #9:

Bone Fragment

Locus 5

3.14 S / 17.08 W

304.05 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #10:

Black Gloss Handle Fragment

Locus 7

2.0 S / 16.70 W

304.39 m A.S.L.

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P.M.

Excavtion resumed in Locus 5 and Locus 7 . The methodology in each remained the same as that employed this morning with the addition of pick axes. In Locus 5 , a fourth payer of coursing was exposed in the western 2.5 meters of the trench; the hypothesized wall also may be giving signs that it began to list to the south in the eastern 2.5 meters of Locus 5 because the upper courses overhand the lower ones. The decision was made to section down through the remaining soil in the western half of Locus 5 to the southern trench line (shared with VT12 ). The goal of this course of action is to discern more information about the lowest courses of the linear rock feature. Meanwhile, in Locus 7 , the soil along the northern face of the linear rock feature was loosened and removed. Inclusions included pan tiles, flanges, and cover tiles in great quantities, as well as pottery coarseware, impasto, and fine impasto also in significant quantities. In Locus 5 , inclusions included very large quantities of pan tiles, cover tiles, and flanges, as well as pottery of the same sorts as in Locus 7 . The soil in each of these loci remains consistent

with that of previous days: a sandy clay mix of medium density / consistency as occasional inclusions of carbon.

Special Find # 11:

Bone Joint (Toe)

Locus 5

.56 S / 18.18 W

304.20 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #12:

Handle Fragment

Locus 7

1.83 S / 17.69 W

304.25 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #13:

Slag

Locus 7

2.20 S / 18.84 W

304.36 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #14

Bone Fragment (Vertebra?)

Locus 5

3.22 S / 17.84 W

304.02 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #15:

Striped Pottery Sherd

Locus 5

3.22 S / 17.37 W

304.07 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #16:

Large Storage Vessel with Banded Decoration

Locus 5

3.52 S / 18.15 W

304.07 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #17:

Bronze Fragment

Locus 5

3.50 S / 18.54 W

304.08 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #18:

(Bovine?) Bone Fragment

Locus 5

3.22 S / 17.84 W

304.02 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #19:

Lug Handle Fragment

Locus 5

3.45 S / 17.61 W

304.41 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #20:

Burned Wood Fragments (2)

Locus 5

3.6 S / 17.48 W 304.12 m A.S.L.

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Special Find #21:

Striped Pottery (5)

Locus 7

2.28 S / 17.09 W

304.36 m A.S.L.

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Closing Totals:

Locus 5:

Tile and Plaster: 11bowls

Pottery: 192 sherds

Bone: 13 fragments

Locus 6:

Tile and Plaster: 1/3 bowls

Pottery: 2 sherds

Bone: 5 fragments

Locus 7:

Tile and Plaster: 3 bowls

Pottery: 206 sherds

Bone: 10 fragments

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Eóin M. O'Donoghue. "VT 11 (2016-07-25):214-233; Daily Log from Italy/Vescovado di Murlo/Upper Vescovado/Vescovado 11/2016, ID:718/Locus 4". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <http://opencontext.org/documents/e3eb4d7c-b21b-40d2-adf0-d3712e9fb8b1>

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