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Transliteration: aruśnas
Original script: S dA3 dN sŚ sU sR sA3 d

Object: SR-3 antler (antler)
(Inscriptions: SR-3.1, SR-3.2)
Position: front
Script: North Italic script (Magrè alphabet)
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Letter height: 1.81.8 cm <br /> – 2.6 cm
Number of letters: 7
Number of lines: 1
Craftsmanship: engraved
Current condition: complete, damaged
Date of inscription: 3rd century BC [from object]
Date derived from: archaeological context [from object]

Language: Raetic
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: IR 85
LIR SE-1 (1)
MLR 81 (a)
TM 218461
Sources: Schumacher 2004: 157



First published in Pellegrini & Sebesta 1965: 10 f. (no. 3). Autopsied by TIR in November 2014.

Images in Pellegrini & Sebesta 1965: 10 (drawing) and fig. 5 (photo), IR (drawing = LIR), LIR (photo), MLR (photo).

Length 5.5 cm. Written in the centre of the front side of the piece of antler, starting right after the drilled hole on the broader end. Autopsy is impeded by the fact that the object has been damaged since the 1970ies, when Mancini saw it: Broken into multiple fragments, it has been restored in a way which distorts the reading of esp. A3 dN s; it is advisable to refer to the drawings and photographs provided by Pellegrini and Mancini, which show the inscription clearly legible despite the horizontal break. The area in the small lacuna between Ś s and N s has always been faulty; the presence of a punctuation mark cannot be excluded.

The sequence might be segmented into aruś-na-s, a patronymic in the genitive 'of the son/daughter of Aruś*'. Cp. SR-6 with possible arus as an individual name. See also Pellegrini & Sebesta 1965: 24 f. concerning the possible connection with the pagus Arusnatium.

Further references: Mayr 1969: 330 f., Tibiletti Bruno 1978: 235 f.


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)