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Thursday, July 31


In order to create a section perpendicular to the orientalizing wall in S27-28/E137-138 in hopes of picking up traces of a foundation trench, it was decided to drop the southwestern quarter of S26/E137 down to sterile soil  This will create a section from the level of the Upper Building wall down to sterile soil.

A layer of yellowish soil with carbon inclusions and a somewhat sandy texture (Locus 24) was removed.  It extended to a depth of approx. 87 cm b.d.  4 fragments of pottery and 4 bone fragments were recovered, with 6 very small bits of terracotta.

Below the yellow soil, a layer of darker brown, slightly greenish soil with carbon inclusions (Locus 25) which extended to a depth of approx. 93 cm b.d.  1/6 latte of pottery and bone and 8-10 very small bits of terracotta.  Also found in this stratum were a coil-made impasto rim (#1) and a fragment of ridged pottery (#2).


Work continued in S26/E137, creating the section down to a depth of approx. 116 cm b.d.  The soil below Locus 25 was a reddish brown, clayey soil with some scattered carbon, but no material was recovered.  The baulks were then straightened -- the southern edge of the section is approximately 15 cm from the northern edge of the orientalizing wall and there does not appear to be any break in the horizantal stratigraphy which might suggest a foundation trench.  This work produced 3 bone fragments and 1 pottery fragment.

Work was resumed in S26/E138, Locus 20, removing the medium brown carbon- and plaster-included soil to a depth of approx. 81 cm, which may be the floor level of the building.  This locus also includes approximately 20 cm of S27/E138.  This work produced 2 terracotta fragments and approx. 1/8 of a latte of pottery and bone.  In addition, an inscribed bucchero fragment was found (#3).


  • Find #3
  • S26/E138
  • 81 cm b.d.
  • Locus 20 (S25.89/E137.11)
  • Inscised bucchero with inscribed alpha and nu
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Alexis M. Christensen. "AMC VII (1997-07-31):4-9; Daily Log from Italy/Poggio Civitate/Tesoro South Flank/Tesoro South Flank 0/1998, ID:406". (2017) In Murlo. Anthony Tuck (Ed.) . Released: 2017-10-04. Open Context. <>

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