|Object:||IT-8 potsherd (pottery)|
|Script:||North Italic script (Magrè alphabet)|
|Direction of writing:||sinistroverse|
|Letter height:||11 cm <br /> – 1.6 cm|
|Number of letters:||5|
|Number of lines:||1|
|Craftsmanship:||incised before firing|
|Archaeological culture:||La Tène A [from object]|
|Date of inscription:|
|Date derived from:|
|Alternative sigla:||TM 653557|
Inscription IT-8 - left part.
Inscription IT-8 - right part.
First published in TIR. First print publication in Salomon 2018: 94f. Examined by TIR in July 2014.
Images in Tschurtschenthaler & Wein 1998: 249, Abb. 24 (photo) and Salomon 2018: 94, fig. 60 (drawing = drawing on this page).
Length of the remains 3.8 cm, starting from the lower part of the handle, running upwards. It is unlikely that the handle broke along a hasta, as it would have been very close to preceding nu, and the edge is scraggy. The letters are legible without ambiguity, apart from the first one: the angle, rounded, does not quite reach either the bottom of the line or the hasta, although the letters generally are very tidily scratched. We prefer a reading as a variant of Venetoid two-bar pi , as should be expected in the context of the Magrè alphabet, over rho based on comparison with similar letter shapes in IT-4 and maybe ST-2, and the likelihood of a reading with initial pi – cf. especially MA-2 piθanme. This form of pi seems to be typical for the Raetic north (see Script). Another letter form typical for North Tyrol is small theta , which also occurs in IT-7 and IT-9.