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Transliteration: $ lah
Original script: H2 dA dL2 sline d 02 sline d 01 sline v 01 s line v 01 s line v 01 sline d 02 sline d 01 sspace sline d 021 sline d 012 s

Object: BZ-5 handle (bronze)
Position: centre"centre" is not in the list (front, back, top, bottom, inside, outside, neck, shoulder, foot, handle, ...) of allowed values for the "position" property., outside
Script: unknown
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Letter height: 1 cm
Number of letters: 3
Number of lines: 1
Craftsmanship: embossed
Current condition: complete
Archaeological culture: La Tène A, La Tène B [from object]
Date of inscription: 5th–3rd centuries BC [from object]
Date derived from: typology [from object]

Language: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: LIR BZ-5
MLR 274
TM 218527
Sources: Schumacher 2004: 179, 209 f.



First published in Lunz 1985.

Pictures in Lunz 1985: 147 (photo and drawing), Schumacher 2004: Taf. 3,8 (drawing), LIR (drawing), MLR (photo).

On the flat part on the outside of the handle; length of the entire inscription 6.3 cm (0.8 cm only the letters). On the very right, an octothorpe covering the entire breadth of the handle. At a small distance to its left, a row of characters only half as high, being inscribed below the ridge which runs along the middle of the handle: A cross line d 021 sline d 012 s, after a small space line d 02 sline d 01 sline v 01 s line v 01 s line v 01 sline d 02 sline d 01 s, with the left and right of the vertical strokes being much fainter than the others. Immediately after this, the three letters H2 dA dL2 s. The entire inscription is well readable and unambiguous, but the relation of the various parts is unclear. Possibly a comparatively elaborate factory mark; see here for a discussion of possible interpretations of inscriptions with doubtful status.


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)
Lunz 1985 Reimo Lunz, "Eine neue "rätische" Inschrift aus Siebeneich", in: Assessorato alla Cultura del Comune di Bolzano (Ed.), Scavi nella conca di Bolzano e nella Bassa Atesina 1976–1985. Ausgrabungen im Raum Bozen und Unterland 1976–1985, Bolzano: 1985, 143–147.