IT-9 fragment

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Classification: miniature shield
Material: bronze
Size: 2.5 x 2.5 cm
Condition: fragmentary
Date: probably 5th century
Date derived from: typology, cultural context

Site: Fliess (Tirol, Austria)
Field name: Pillerhöhe
Coordinates (approx.): 47° 7' 8.40" N, 10° 37' 44.40" E [from site]
Find date: unknown
Find circumstances: excavation
Current location: Abteilung Ur- und Frühgeschichte Universität Innsbruck
Inventory Nr.: none

Inscription: IT-9 (]θak[)


First published in Kirchmayr & Schumacher 2019: 258. Examined by Stefan Schumacher in September 2018.

Images in Kirchmayr & Schumacher 2019: 262, Abb. 5 (photos and drawings).

The small fragment is one of over 200 such pieces found on the Pillerhöhe which still await their collective investigation and publication. See Tschurtschenthaler & Wein 1998: 243 and Tschurtschenthaler & Wein 2002: 657–661 for information about the (longer-known) miniature shields from the site, and images. The objects are summarily dated to the early La Tène period.

The present fragment is the only (known) inscribed specimen. Its identification as a bit of a miniature shield is ascertained by the presence of a trace of one of the embossed rings which circle the buckle on such shields (Kirchmayr & Schumacher 2019: 258).


Kirchmayr & Schumacher 2019 Margarethe Kirchmayr, Stefan Schumacher, "Ein Miniaturschild mit rätischer Inschrift vom Fernpass", in: Simon Hye, Ulrike Töchterle (eds), UPIKU:TAUKE. Festschrift für Gerhard Tomedi zum 65. Geburtstag [= Universitätsforschungen zur prähistorischen Archäologie 339], Bonn: 2019, 257–268.