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Transliteration: ]e[???
Original script: ]E d[???

Object: WE-2 potsherd (pottery)
Position: outside
Script: unknown
Direction of writing: dextroverse
Letter height: 1.8 cm
Number of letters: 2
Number of lines: 1
Craftsmanship: incised before firing
Current condition: damaged, fragmentary
Date of inscription:
Date derived from:

Language: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: LIR BZ-31
MLR 294
TM 218572
Sources: Schumacher 2004: 189, 214



First published in Schumacher 1992: 189.

Pictures in Schumacher 2004: Taf. 5,2 (drawing) and 6,1 (photo), LIR (drawing), MLR (drawing).

Length of the visible remains, including the upper tips of characters on the right, 2.6 cm. The scratches are well visible. E d is clear; on the breaking edge to its left, the very tip of a bar may be visible (see drawing), but it might be merely an unintentional dent. It is therefore unclear whether there were characters before E d. E d is followed by a tip-up chevron, the lower part og which is broken off (U d or A s). Then, in the upper area above the breaking edge, the tip of a scratch inclined to the left, a small angle opening to the right, and the very tip of another scratch. Schumacher's tentative reading eais is unlikely, for the very reasons mentioned by himself: The scratch after the chevron is inclined, and would have had to merge with the hypothetical S d, for which the angle is too small. The visible tips are too crowded to suggest actual letters; despite E d, we are probably concerned with non-script. (See here for a discussion of possible interpretations of inscriptions with doubtful status.) Note in this context that the inscription was applied before firing.


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)