AS-14 potsherd

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Classification: pot
Archaeological type: olletta
Material: pottery
Condition: fragmentary
Archaeological culture: Este III, Este IV

Site: Piovene Rocchette (Vicenza, Veneto, Italy)
Archaeological context: section I
Coordinates (approx.): 45° 45' 39.60" N, 11° 25' 51.60" E [from site]
Find date: October 1909
Find circumstances: excavation
Current location: unknown (currently untraceable)

Inscription: AS-14 (φeχe)

Sources: Pellegrini 1918: 192–193, fn 3, fig. C
PID: 33 [No. 220]



Fragment of a ceramic vessel.
According to Pellegrini a "vaso cinereo (olletta)" (cp. Pellegrini 1918: 193, below fn. 3; in consequence also Whatmough desribes an "inscription (complete) on a fragment of a cinerary urn", cp. PID: 33).
On the fragment an inscription (cp. Pellegrini 1918: 193 with photo; PID: 33).
The potsherd was discovered during an excavation executed by the Reale Soprintendenza dei musei e scavi del Veneto under the direction of Alfonso Alfonsi. During field works in February several ceramic fragments and dry stone constructions were discovered in the orchard degli Orsi, in possession of Antonio Barbieri. In further consequence an official excavation was initiated. In connection to the other findings indicated by Alfonsi the fragment probably represents also one of the discoveries made in the first section (cp. Trincea I in Alfonsi 1911: 273–276). For the entire excavation report cp. Alfonsi 1911: 273–279.
According to the material found in the first section and the related dating to the III and IV periodo atestino, probably also the potsherd dates to this timeframe (cp. Alfonsi 1911: 277).
The current location of the potsherd is uncertain. According to Pellegrini and Whatmough it was preserved in the Museo Civico di Schio in their day (cp. Pellegrini 1918: 193, below fn. 3; PID: 33). It can be assumed that the potsherd is now kept either in the Soprintendenza Archeologia del Veneto or in the Museo Nazionale Atestino.
So far not autopsied by the Thesaurus Inscriptionum Raeticarum. The indications follow the information given in literature (cp. below the bibliography).



Alfonsi 1911 Alfonso Alfonsi, "Piovene. Scoperta di una stazione preistorica", Notizie degli Scavi di Antichità (1911), 273–279.