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Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Work began with excavation in Loci 5 , 6 , and 8 . Locus 5 , the northernmost rock cluster that was left in situ in 2010, was excavated using trowels and occasionally a handpick. Soil is dark olive-brown, claylike, and extremely moist with some roots and many rocks. Very little terracotta roofing tile, plaster, or pottery was recovered and thus far no bone has been found in the Locus. Soil was sorted directly into buckets in the trench. Locus 6 excavation continued where the soil remained a dark, olive-brown color from the previous day. There were many large rocks present and these were removed as we dug down. There were also some roots present from a tree stump on the southeastern baulk wall.

A possible forno fragment (Find #1) was recovered, with more terracotta tile pieces and some pottery fragments. No bone has been recovered as yet.

Locus 8 continues to consist of a dark brown soil. Small rocks are mixed in with the soil. Small amounts of terracotta and pottery was excavated. Soil was

excavated using the sharp end of a pick axe and a hand pick. Soil was then sorted into buckets in the trench.

Once a large rock was removed from Locus 5 , the locus was picked using a pick axe. Soil continues to be dark olive-brown with patches of a dark grayish-blue soil, claylike, and very moist, with high quantities of stone but little tile or pottery. Soils continues to be sorted directly in the trench into buckets. While sorting, an odd bit of what appears to be oily, shiny terracotta (Find #2) was recovered.

A third pick pass of Locus 5 was made; soil remained dark olive-brown with dark grayish-blue patches and claylike. Soil at times appears to be almost oily, at times with rocks that resemble galestra and in places contains a few larger patches of carbon. The locus is sorted directly into buckets in the trench and little tile or ceramic was found. However, a worked stone was uncovered in this pick pass (Find #3). Additionally, a possible cutout akroterion was found in the tile bowl.

A pick pass was made in Locus 6 and in Locus 8 . The soil of Locus 6 remains dark and olive-brown colored. Many large rocks continue to be removed with occasional larger tile fragments lying between the rocks. Soil is sorted in the trench directly into buckets. The soil in Locus 8 is also dark olive-brown in color and claylike, although with fewer stones. Some tile and pottery was found.

Special Finds

Find #1

\xb7 Locus 6

\xb7 101.55S/45.67W

\xb7 29.84m A.E.

\xb7 Possible forno fragment

\xb7 Drawing

Find #2

\xb7 Locus 5

\xb7 98.98S/45.64W

\xb7 29.53m A.E.

\xb7 \x93Oily\x94 terracotta

\xb7 Drawing

Find #3

\xb7 Locus 5

\xb7 99.15S/45.65W

\xb7 29.49m A.E.

\xb7 Worked stone

\xb7 Drawing



\xb7 Tile bowl find

\xb7 App. 98.98S/45.64W

\xb7 App. 29.53m A.E.

\xb7 Cutout akroterion fragment

\xb7 Drawing


Work continued in Loci 5 , 6 , and 8 . In Locus 5 , a pick pass was made. Soil remains consistently a mixture of dark olive-brown and dark grayish-blue claylike soil but contains fewer rocks and stones than before. Soil is sorted in the trench with trowels directly into buckets; little tile or pottery and no bone was found but the occasional chunk of charcoal and a possible akroterion fragment (Find #6) were recovered.

A pick pass was made of Locus 6 . At this point, most of the large stones have been removed and the locus consists mainly of a dark olive-brown, claylike soil, similar to that of Locus 5 . Some tile and pottery has been recovered and soil is sorted directly into buckets in the trench.

A pick pass was made of Locus 8 , the soil of which is dark olive-brown and claylike, containing some small rocks, tile, and pottery, but no bone. Soil is sorted directly into buckets in the trench. While sorting soil, a slipped fine impasto base sherd (Find #5) was found.

An additional pick pass of Locus 8 was made, in order to continue bringing it down to the deepest floor of the trench. Soil remains olive-brown and claylike, although it is becoming more similar in texture to the soil of Loci 5 and 6 . Little tile or pottery was recovered and soil was sorted into buckets in the trench.

Loci 5 and 6 were approaching the elevation of the 2010 floor and so both loci were scraped down to the elevation of the floor using trowels. Soil in both loci is both dark olive-brown and dark grayish-blue in color, although the dark grayish-blue is becoming more predominant, claylike, moist, and has a slight fetid scent. Soil was sorted directly into buckets in the trench.

Special Finds

Find #5

\xb7 Locus 8

\xb7 100.66S/49.49W

\xb7 29.99m A.E.

\xb7 Fine impasto slipped base

\xb7 Drawing

Find #6

\xb7 Locus 5

\xb7 99.49S/45.39W

\xb7 29.41m A.E.

\xb7 Possible cutout akroterion fragment

\xb7 Drawing

Locus 5 :

\xb7 Tile and plaster: 1/5 bowl

\xb7 Pottery: 8 sherds

\xb7 Bone: 0 fragments

Locus 6 :

\xb7 Tile and plaster: 1 bowl

\xb7 Pottery: 13 sherds

\xb7 Bone: 0 fragments

Locus 8 :

\xb7 Tile and plaster: \xbe bowl

\xb7 Pottery: 41 sherds

\xb7 Bone: 0 fragments

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Fredrik G. Tobin. "FGT I (2011-07-13):121-132; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Civitate B/Civitate B 38/2011, ID:637/Locus 5". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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