AS-10 potsherd

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Classification: cup
Archaeological type: coppa con corpo a calotta tipo 1a
Material: pottery
Condition: fragmentary
Date: 4th–2nd centuries BC
Date derived from: archaeological context

Site: Rotzo (Vicenza, Veneto, Italy)
Field name: Bostel
Coordinates (approx.): 45° 51' 43.20" N, 11° 23' 49.20" E [from site]
Find date: 1912
Find circumstances: excavation
Current location: unknown (currently untraceable)

Inscription: AS-10 (?)

Sources: Pellegrini 1915: 121
PID: 32 (No. 218 viii)


Fragment of a ceramic vessel.
According to Pellegrini the fragment derives from the same kind of cup like AS-8 potsherd and AS-9 potsherd. He describes this ceramic type in the following way: "Ciotola di forma elegante, ad orlo leggermente rientrante, d'impasto relativamente fine, di colore in prevalenza nero-marrone, a volte rossiccio (...)". He adds that this kind of cup is also quite common in Bostel (cp. Pellegrini 1915: 120). On the archaeological drawing on pl. II.7 Pellegrini represents a perfect example for this ceramic type. By comparing this drawing with the indications given by Leonardi and Ruta Serafini related to the common ceramic type in Bostel and the appearance of inscribed fragments as well as the fig. 16.1a, it can be stated as result that the ceramic type must be Tipo 1a - coppa con corpo a calotta.
On the fragment characters.
The fragment was discovered during the excavation in 1912 executed by Alfonso Alfonsi, the superintendent of the Museo Nazionale Atestino at this time and associated with the Reale Soprintendenza per i Musei e gli scavi di Antichità del Veneto conducted by Giuseppe Pellegrini during this period. The entire material discovered in Bostel 1912 was preserved in the Museo di Asiago. Before the destruction of the museum during the war years 1915–1918 these findings were transported and securely stored in the Museo Nazionale Atestino. The current location is uncertain. The material can be still preserved in the Museo Nazionale Atestino or it is stored in the Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici del Veneto. Also possible is a storage in the newly founded museum, the Museo Archeologico dell'Alto Vicentino in Santorso. But obviously the material was traceable until 1981 because of the fact that the entire material from the excavation 1912 was documented on archaeological drawings and photos in the published work of Leonardi and Ruta Serafini (cp. Leonardi & Ruta Serafini 1981: 16–34, fig. 16–31).
According to Leonardi and Ruta Serafini the analysis of the excavations and the material yields the following timeframe: related to the entire material and the residential structure discovered during the excavations of 1912 and 1969 only few facts date to the III periodo atestino. The major part dates to the 4th–2nd centuries BC (cp. Leonardi & Ruta Serafini 1981: 66). Therefore, related to the potsherd, a dating to the 4th–2nd centuries BC is to be favoured.
In Schumacher 1992 as well as Schumacher 2004: 168, erroneously labelled as the second of two instances of "AS-10".
So far not autopsied by the Thesaurus Inscriptionum Raeticarum. The indications follow the information given in literature (cp. below the bibliography).



Leonardi & Ruta Serafini 1981 Giovanni Leonardi, Angela Ruta Serafini, "L'abitato protostorico di Rotzo (Altipiano di Asiago)", Preistoria Alpina 17 (1981), 7–75.