BZ-13 potsherd

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Classification: bowl
Material: pottery
Condition: fragmentary
Date: 3rd–2nd centuries BC
Date derived from: typology

Site: Pfatten / Vadena (Bozen / Bolzano, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy)
Archaeological context: settlement of the Iron Age
Coordinates (approx.): 46° 24' 46.80" N, 11° 18' 18.00" E [from site]
Find date: end of the 20th century
Find circumstances: excavation
Current location: unknown (currently untraceable)

Inscription: BZ-13 (]ẹṣil[)

Sources: Schumacher 2004: 182, 211, pl. 3.4


Ceramic fragment, most likely fragment of a bowl or another vessel type.
Body sherd; clay outside dark grey in colour, inside beige-coloured. At the area of the fracture black grey in colour.
Outside incised characters; according to Schumacher the characters were incised after firing (cp. Schumacher 2004: 211).
The body sherd comes from the excavation executed in the area of the Iron Age settlement of Pfatten / Vadena. After the excavations in the area of the burial ground made at the end of the 19th century and in the 1st half of the 20th century, towards the end of the 20th century was also discovered the settlement belonging to the grave field. The beginning of the settlement dates to the 1st half of the 1st millennium BC, therefore to the Early Iron Age. It is assumed that the 8th century BC represents the prosperity period of the settlement of Pfatten / Vadena. During the excavations came to light findings which verify the life and the importance of the settlement, i.a. various pottery, also preserved completely, weapons, implements and jewellery. An important attest for the Late Iron Age is a very well preserved building which represents the Raetic house type. The Raetic house dates to the 4th–3rd centuries BC. For these indications cp. the report of Catrin Marzoli: Note: Below the linked site the possibility of downloading the paper by Marzoli.
According the indications by Schumacher the body sherd is local ceramic of the 3rd–2nd centuries BC which imitates the padanian ceramic of the same time (cp. Schumacher 2004: 211, 248).
The current location of the object is uncertain. Schumacher states the Landesmuseum Schloss Tirol / Museo Storico di Castel Tirolo as repository (cp. Schumacher 2004: 182), but the museum does not exhibit anymore antique objects. In all probability, the potsherd could be preserved in the monument protection service of Bozen. But the study and autopsy of the objects preserved in the monument protection service of Bozen by the team of the Thesaurus Inscriptionum Raeticarum in November 2014 have shown that the present potsherd is not kept there. Therefore it must be pointed out that the object is currently untraceable.
So far not autopsied by the Thesaurus Inscriptionum Raeticarum. The indications follow the information given in literature (cp. below the bibliography).