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June 18, 1980


We complete the cut in AG-X over the tile fall to the south edge of DD. The fall rises and continues into CC. Over it we find a small amount oof pottery and a possible sling bullet.

Also in AG-X we remove the south half of the ramp in BB-CC 0-Z to continue the line of the north wall of this east-west section for a profile drawing which we begin. Here we find a great deal of pottery (2 cartons) and much tile in large and small pieces concentrated in Z CC where large pieces ca. midway down much represent the end of the fall to the north.  From the lower half of this area and neware the midpoint a number of decorative tiles emmerge. Here, too, pottery is more frequent, and there is a bit of bronze slag.

Also in AG-X we remove the stone fall in EE-GG 0-Z which, we now see, rests on ca. 30cm of earth from the top of cut 3 with a few smaller stones below this point, except in the west where large stones continue at a lower level and higer up join the packing which rises steeply further west (sketch p. 6 ). Here we find scant tile and pottery and a bit of bronze slag, then a large lump. We clear the soil to the top of cut 3 in some of this area.

In Rectangle 22, we continue to excavate the kernel fall in E 2-3, now with brush and dental pick. We begin to define the extent of the deposit housing the kernels and its distinctive character. At least two types of seed can be distinguished: one longer and larger and "bean-like," the other smaller, rounder and "pea-like". The soil in which the seeds lie is slightly darker than the surrouinding burn layer and there is an unusually high concentration of bits of pink-orange matter, probably pottery, and a few tiny orange sherds; also many bits of carbonized matter, most sizeable is a large impasto sherd. materials removed are collected in three samples: #2 seeds; #3 other orgainic matterial; and #4, non-organic samples and objects.  Yellow and white matter is also denser than usual. We note especially a few tiny beads of white powder.

A new cut in B 2-3 extends the 10cm cut westward in its floor some large pottery fragments lie; above it, some

slag as from a crucible (#14).

Photos have been taken of rock and "seed" falls. See p. 42, 48, 52, 56, 78, and opposite.




We continued work in R22 C-E 2-3 with a new cut to bring this area down to the level of the "kernel fall", begining in C3 and reaching a depth of 6cm below the floor of the 10cm cut. A few sherds and bits of tile emerge.

We also begin cleaning the remains of the soil under the rock fall removed this morning. The soil is heavy burn and yields a bit of frieze-plaque (#4), a fragment of ridgepole tile (#5), and a little pottery.


  • Find #2
  • R22. E 2-3
  • Numerous Carbonized Seeds from the "Kernel-Fall"

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L. Ron Lacy. "LRL I (1980-06-18):78-89; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Agger/Agger 11/1980, ID:417". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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