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Transliteration: esiau
Original script: U5 sA13 sI sS sE s

Object: TR-1 bone (bone)
(Inscriptions: TR-1.1, TR-1.2)
Position: front, centre"centre" is not in the list (front, back, top, bottom, inside, outside, neck, shoulder, foot, handle, ...) of allowed values for the "position" property.
Script: North Italic script (Magrè alphabet)
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Letter height: 1.11.1 cm <br /> – 1.5 cm
Number of letters: 5
Number of lines: 1
Craftsmanship: engraved
Current condition: complete
Date of inscription: end of the 2nd–beginning of the 1st centuries BC [from object]
Date derived from: archaeological context [from object]

Language: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: MLR 281 R
TM 653605
Sources: Schumacher 2004: 320


First published in Mancini 1995: 146 (a). Autopsied by TIR on 13th October 2015.

Image in Mancini 1995: 146 (drawing = Schumacher 2004: Taf. 11, 1 = LIR = MLR).

Length 2.3 cm, inscribed on the convex side of the bone. The scratches are fine, but the characters are well legible. The bar of Alpha is the only line which has been drawn messily. The rounded lines are probably due to the curvature of the surface. Mancini suggests a connection to final -au in Camunic and Camunoid inscriptions. Maybe a Raetic individual name?


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)
Mancini 1995 Alberto Mancini, "Nuove Iscrizioni Retiche", Quaderni del Dipartimento di Linguistica - Università di Firenze 6 (1995), 137–153.