PU-7 bone

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Classification: unidentifiable
Material: bone
Size: length 8.3 cm
Condition: fragmentary
Archaeological culture: Late Iron Age
Date: 5th–4th centuries BC
Date derived from: archaeological context

Site: St. Lorenzen / San Lorenzo di Sebato (Bozen / Bolzano, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy)
Field name: Steger
Coordinates (approx.): 46° 46' 55.20" N, 11° 54' 14.40" E [from site]
Find date: 1982
Find circumstances: excavation
Current location: unknown

Inscription: PU-7 (?)

Sources: Marinetti 1992: 695–696 [No. 3], fig. 1.3
Constantini 2002: 41


Animal bone, probably bone of goat (capra hircus; cp. Marinetti 1992: 695, Note: But Marinetti remarks this indication as questionable.).
Broken at one end; sawed through at the other.
Along several characters whereas it is imaginable that the missing part of the bone has destroyed the beginning of the characters. In her study Marinetti refrained from giving a reading of the characters (cp. Marinetti 1992: 695–696). However, in the new study by Marchesini a reading is indicated whereas the drawing given in Marinetti's study was turned. An autopsy of the inscription was not effected (cp. MLR: 149 [MLR 136]).
The bone comes from the excavations executed by the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Veneto and directed by the Museo Nazionale Atestino in 1982 on the hill Steger (cp. Marinetti 1992: 691, fn. 1).
The age determination to the Late Iron Age, i.e. from the 5th to the 1st centuries BC, corresponds to the cultural context of the Raetic inscriptions.
In 1992 Marinetti published the findings from the Steger from 1982 for the first time whereas the inscriptions on the objects are central. In Marinetti's study the number "IG 80069" is indicated (cp. Marinetti 1992: 695). This number does not refer to an inventory number of the Museo Nazionale Atestino as assumed by Schumacher and Mancini (cp. Schumacher 2004: 188 [PU-7]; LIR: 19–20 [SLO-6]), but it is the identification number given during the excavations by the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Veneto. In consultation with the Museo Nazionale Atestino, findings from the Steger were never preserved in the museum. In 2010 several findings from the Steger found 1982 were committed from the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Veneto to the Amt für Bodendenkmäler Bozen / Ufficio Beni archeologici Bolzano, but the present object as well as PU-5 bone and PU-6 bone were not amongst these objects. The objects given from the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Veneto to the Amt für Bodendenkmäler Bozen / Ufficio Beni archeologici Bolzano in 2010 are now presented in the permanent exhibition of the Museum Mansio Sebatum in St. Lorenzen / San Lorenzo di Sebato (cp. in the Thesaurus Inscriptionum Raeticarum: PU-8 potsherd, PU-9 potsherd, PU-10 potsherd and PU-11 stone). In the recently released study about the Raetic inscriptions by Marchesini the Amt für Bodendenkmäler Bozen / Ufficio Beni archeologici Bolzano is indicated as repository (cp. MLR: 149 [MLR 136]). As explained above this indication is not correct. However, the current location of the object is unknown resp. uncertain so far.
So far not autopsied by the Thesaurus Inscriptionum Raeticarum. The indications follow the information given in literature (cp. below the bibliography) and the advices kindly provided by the Amt für Bodendenkmäler Bozen / Ufficio Beni archeologici Bolzano as well as the Museo Nazionale Atestino.
The dating follows Constantini 2002: 41.



Constantini 2002 Raffaela Constantini, Sebatum [= Città romane 4], Roma: L'Erma di Bretschneider 2002. Atlante tematico di topografia antica; XII Supplemento
LIR Alberto Mancini, Le Iscrizioni Retiche [= Quaderni del dipartimento di linguistica, Università degli studi di Firenze Studi 8–9], Padova: Unipress 2009–10. (2 volumes)
Marinetti 1992 Anna Marinetti, "Documenti epigrafici da St. Lorenzen (Val Pusteria, Bolzano). Epigraphische Zeugnisse aus St. Lorenzen (Pustertal, Bozen)", in: Ingrid R. Metzger, Paul Gleirscher, Die Räter / I Reti [= Schriftenreihe der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Alpenländer, Neue Folge 4], Bozen: Athesia 1992, 691–700.