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- shot of wall from south including floor level, rock packing level, and "column" stones.

- wall, rock packing, and floor level looking from the east.

July 24, 2001

Excavation resumed in the area with the stone packing.  Its dimensions were mapped out and area as follows * (this area was a triangular area following the slant of the wall and beginning at the floor level.  Therefore the centimetric measures are irregular): 216.12E, 10.50N; 216.35E, 11,83N; 217.26E, 10.50N; 217.35E, 11.15N.  This area was disignated as Locus 5.  After excavating another approximately 10cm from yesterday's level, it became apparent that the packing does in fact rest on a layer of bedrock.  This ends any hope for further data concerning the dating of the wall, but offers an interesting insight into the construction methods of the building itself.  Tomorrow, a section will be taken between the two "column stones" to explore outside of the wall* (if it is, in fact, the outside).

T9(2) was equally disappointing.  A new locus was designated, Locus 5, for a layer similar to topsoil but without as much organic material.  This level was not nearly as productive as yesterday, yielding only 5 boxes of terracotta and 1 latte box of bottery and bone.  Interestingly, there were about 5 large tile fragments, 2 cover, 3 pan tile resting at this level, ranging from about 15-20cm.  However they were not close enough in proximity to be considered a tile spread.  The worst part of the day is the presence of

galestra.  It has been discovered in patches and appears to cover the entire trench area.  Although this is not necessarily the definitive end of the trench, it is not promising due to the stratigraphic nature of the area.  The extent of the galestra will be tracked tomorrow and then penetrated with the pick axe to gauge its depth.

*Too large for drawing.  Cover tile-esque attachment to yesterdays fragment.

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Mark A. Wingfield. "MAW II (2001-07-24):36-39; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro/Tesoro 9/2001, ID:461". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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