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Transliteration: tiva
Original script: A2 dV sI sT3 s
Variant Reading: aziụ
U2 sI sZ sA d

Object: IT-3 potsherd (pottery)
Position: outside
Script: unknown
Direction of writing: ambiguous
Letter height: 2.0 cm
Number of letters: 4
Number of lines: 1
Craftsmanship: incised before firing
Current condition: fragmentary, restored
Archaeological culture: La Tène C [from object]
Date of inscription: 250–150 BC [from object]
Date derived from: archaeological context [from object]

Language: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: LIR VOL-3
MLR 296
TM 218557
Sources: Schumacher 2004: 190


First published in Schumacher 1992. Autopsied by TIR in November 2013.

Images in Sinnhuber 1949: Taf. XXV (43) (photo) and Schumacher 2004: Taf. 5,3 (drawing) and 6,2 (photo), MLR (photo).

The characters on this as well as on the other potsherds found at the Himmelreich were retraced with chalk for the photo in Sinnhuber 1949. Read piva by Schumacher and Mancini with upside-down A2 d, because turning the inscription by 180° turns V s into rare Z s. Compare, however, Z s in the inscriptions of Steinberg. Sanzeno-T3 s would be unusual in an inscription from the Inn valley. Also the shape of the sherd suggests that on the upright bowl the inscription was seen as shown in the drawing.


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)