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Transliteration: ụ]mep[
Original script: ]P2 sE sM s[U2 s

Object: VN-2 bone (bone)
Position: front
Script: North Italic script
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Letter height: 1.2 cm
Number of letters: 4
Number of lines: 1
Craftsmanship: engraved
Current condition: damaged, fragmentary
Date of inscription: 3rd–1st centuries BC [from object]
Date derived from: archaeological context [from object]

Language: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: LIR BZ-23
MLR 246
TM 218520
Sources: Schumacher 2004: 177, 208



First published in Schumacher 1992: 177, 208. Autopsied by TIR in September 2014.

Image in Schumacher 2004: Taf. 3,1 (drawing = LIR).

Length of the remains 3.2 cm. The reading is unambiguous despite the condition of the object. The piece of bone is broken to the right of M s; but an oblique hasta is clearly visible beside the irregular breaking edge – the reading U2 s is based on comparison with VN-3. The lines of M s are multiply scratched. The object has recently broken into three pieces in storage (it was still seen as a whole by Schumacher); one of the new breaking edges coincides with the hasta of E s, the second cuts horizontally through E s and P2 s. The inscription may have gone on after P2 s, the old break having occurred immediately after the letter. It is, however, too much inclined to indicate a hasta. Cp. the probably identical inscription VN-3.


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)