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Transliteration: a?(?)l?a[(?)
Original script: (?)]A d?L2 s(?)?A5 s

Object: NO-4 antler (antler)
Position: outside
Script: unknown
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Letter height: 2.22.2 cm <br /> – 2.5 cm
Number of letters: 5
Number of lines: 1
Craftsmanship: engraved
Current condition: fragmentary, damaged
Archaeological culture: Late Iron Age [from object]
Date of inscription: 5th–1st centuries BC [from object]
Date derived from: archaeological context, cultural context [from object]

Language: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: PID 211
IR 2
MLR 38
TM 218447
Sources: Schumacher 2004: 151



First published in Pauli 1888: 143 f. Autopsied by TIR in October 2014.

Images in Pauli 1888: Tav. II,2 (drawing), Mayr 1957: Abb. 3 (photo), IR (photo tav. XXXVc = LIR) and LIR (drawing), MLR (photo).

Length of the remains 6.3 cm. Inscribed along an antler handle, starting at the outer end. The lines are faint, the reading is disturbed by discolourations. A5 s is clear, being comparatively deeply carved; equally, the last preserved letter is definitely A d. The assortment of lines between the two Alphas, originally arranged into two Latin Nus by Pauli, was read uil·p by Mancini. The chevron U2 s following A5 s is clear, the I s following it is not: The left hasta of the chevron is crossed on top by three short parallel lines, which look unintentional, but align with an only slightly more pronounced line line d 01 s to the left of the chevron – possibly only a discolouration. L2 s is faint, but unambiguous; the element interpreted as a punctuation mark is most probably unintentional. Next, a hasta, from whose top a bar line d 20 s seems to extend, but no indentation can be felt – I s instead of P2 s is possible. Compare, however, ]ilp[ on what was probably also an antler handle from Sanzeno (SZ-23). Note also that aulia(?) may be read on NO-9, if the lines are not merely decorative. A short scratch I2 s, which does not converge with the other two, is situated right in the centre of U2 s – maybe Χ3 s (cp. LIR)? A crooked oblique line line d 010 s, which might either be part of a particularly ramshackle letter or an unintentional scratch, is visible between A d and the breaking edge. Pseudo-script cannot be excluded.

Further references: NRIE 89, Battisti 1936b: 595 f., Battisti 1944: 234, Franz 1957: 109, Mayr 1957: 231, Tibiletti Bruno 1978: 221.


Battisti 1936b Carlo Battisti, "Rassegna critica degli studi linguistici sull'Alto Adige nel quinquennio 1931-36", Archivio per l'Alto Adige 31/2 (1936), 561–611.
Battisti 1944 Carlo Battisti, "Osservazioni sulla lingua delle iscrizioni nell'alfabeto etrusco settentrionale di Bolzano", Studi Etruschi 18 (1944), 199–236.
Franz 1957 Leonhard Franz, "Südtiroler Reitia-Inschriften", Der Schlern 31 (1957), 105–109.
IR Alberto Mancini, "Iscrizioni retiche", Studi Etruschi 43 (1975), 249–306.
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)
Mayr 1957 Karl M. Mayr, "Hirschhornvotive mit rätischen Inschriften aus Meclo (Mechel) am Nonsberg", Der Schlern 31 (1957), 230–231.