PU-2 loom weight

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Classification: loom weight
Archaeological type: Zettelstrecker
Material: pottery
Size: length: 7.2 cm, width: 6.6 cm, height: 21 cm
Condition: unknown
Date: 5th–3rd centuries BC
Date derived from: archaeological context

Site: St. Lorenzen / San Lorenzo di Sebato (Bozen / Bolzano, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy)
Field name: Sonnenburger Weinleite
Coordinates (approx.): 46° 46' 55.20" N, 11° 54' 14.40" E [from site]
Find date: 1954
Find circumstances: construction works
Current location: Amt für Bodendenkmäler Bozen / Ufficio Beni archeologici Bolzano (repository)

Inscription: PU-2 (iθi/iθiθi)

Sources: Mayr 1954: 552–553 with photo
Schumacher 2004: 186–187



Loom weight, made of ceramic.
Typical pyramid shape: quadrilateral, slightly tapered; on the narrow end perforated.
Characters on two opposite sides (cp. PU-2).
The object was found in 1954 during construction works. In a cultural layer at a depth of about 2 meters were discovered a large number of potsherds, bones, several objects and fragments of bronze and iron. Remarkable was the number of only fragmentary preserved loom weights.
Due to the fact that the potsherds could relate to vessels of the type Sanzeno-Schale and/or Fritzener Schale all the findings date to the Fritzens-Sanzeno culture. The dating 5th–3rd c. follows Constantini 2002: 48.



Constantini 2002 Raffaela Constantini, Sebatum [= Città romane 4], Roma: L'Erma di Bretschneider 2002. Atlante tematico di topografia antica; XII Supplemento
Mayr 1954 Karl M. Mayr, "Webstuhlgewicht mit rätischen Schriftzeichen", Der Schlern 28 (1954), 552–553.