|Object:||VN-16 bone point (bone)|
|Script:||North Italic script|
|Direction of writing:||sinistroverse|
|Letter height:||0.90.9 cm <br /> – 1.3 cm|
|Number of letters:||5 – 6|
|Number of lines:||1|
|Date of inscription:||last decade of the 2nd–1st centuries BC [from object]|
|Date derived from:||archaeological context, natural science [from object]|
|Alternative sigla:||TM 653632|
Inscription VN-16 - front side.
Inscription VN-16 - rear side.
Inscribed on the tapered part of a bone point, running from the drilled hole towards the tip. Length 3 cm. The scratches appearing black on the light bone surface, legibility is impeded by black marks and blots, but is unambiguous. is a little shorter than the other letters, has a very short lower bar. In the right, more heavily scorched area, a group of scratches seems to make up a variant of Heta with four bars, which is not attested elsewhere in Raetic context. Cp. VN-8 with possibly a name in the genitive χaris (and a similar execution of ), but note that while the status of Heta/h in Raetic is not quite clear, Chi is assumed to write a velar media rather than a fricative, wherefore Heta would not be an expectable orthographic variant. Another possibile reading is etaris with one of Theta's lines rather straight.
On the reverse side, a neat sequence (height 1.2 cm, length 2.6 cm) must be interpreted as decoration.