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Transliteration: ]ṿasẹ?
Original script: ]V dA dS2 dE d?

Object: AK-2 rock (stone)
(Inscriptions: AK-2.1, AK-2.2, AK-2.3)
Position: top, left
Orientation: 90°
Script: North Italic script (Magrè alphabet)
Direction of writing: dextroverse
Letter height: 10 cm
Number of letters: 4
Number of lines: 1
Craftsmanship: engraved
Current condition: damaged
Date of inscription:
Date derived from:

Type: prob. votive
Language: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: TM 653514



Not previously published. Examined by TIR in June 2015.

Image in Mandl 2011: Abb. 144 (photo).

Length min. 28.6 cm; running upwards on the upper part of the rock wall, left of the centre (Bildstelle 1). The area left of the inscription is darker and heavily eroded; the presence of more inscriptions, today unreadable, cannot be completely excluded.

Only three characters are passably well legible: A d and S2 d are well distinguishable, although the right hasta of A d converges with the lowest bar of S2 d. The character after S2 d is probably E d. After this, a group of lines which cannot be segmented: a hasta, inclined to the right, crossed by two bars to form Z d, but two additional lines converge with the hasta on top. The distance of the group to E d is rather big; another vertical line may be detected between them. Before A d, at least one character, consisting of a hasta with bars extending to its right; V d is the best guess, but a third bar, almost horizontal, appears to extend above the lower one. Before this character, a horizontal crack runs along the rock face. Below it, two frame lines appear to extend to a few centimetres below the crack. While it cannot be excluded that the inscription of which we only see the end was originally that long, no traces of characters can be detected – the lines might only be runlets.

Within the corpus of rock inscriptions, the present inscription can be compared to the type-2 petrographs – cf., on the same rock wall, AK-2.2, as well as AK-1.10, AK-1.11 and AK-1.17, which are all dextroverse and feature sigma with four strokes, and at Steinberg sinistroverse ST-5 and ST-6, also with S2 d; see Raetic epigraphy. Of these, AK-2.2, AK-1.11 and the two Steinberg inscriptions have punctuation marks. Two holes between the characters in AK-2.1 – a deep one between V d and A d, and a more shallow, moss-filled one between S2 d and E d – may be interpreted as punctuation marks, but could also be merely natural defects. Cf. especially AK-2.2 on the same rock, where a punctuation mark in the form of a dot punctuation s appears after S2 d.


Mandl 2011 Franz Mandl, Felsbilder. Österreich – Bayern: Nördliche Kalkalpen [= Anisa – Verein für alpine Forschung 4], Haus im Ennstal: 2011.