SR-6 antler

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Classification: unidentifiable
Material: antler
Size: length: 11.6 cm, width: 2.7 cm, height: 7.5 mm
Condition: fragmentary, restored
Date: 3rd century BC
Date derived from: archaeological context

Site: Serso (fraction of: Pergine Valsugana, Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy)
Field name: Montesei di Serso
Archaeological context: house No. 2
(Objects: SR-1 antler, SR-2 antler, SR-3 antler, SR-4 antler, SR-5 antler, SR-6 antler, SR-7 antler, SR-8 antler, SR-9 antler, SR-10 antler, SR-11 stone, SR-12 antler, SR-13 antler, SR-14 potsherd, SR-15 bowl)
Coordinates (approx.): 46° 4' 28.16" N, 11° 14' 39.44" E
Find date: 1964
Find circumstances: excavation
Current location: Museo delle Scienze di Trento (on exhibition)
Inventory Nr.: PEGO 47

Inscription: SR-6 (aṛụseθar·̣nateris·̣nạ)

Sources: Pellegrini & Sebesta 1965: 3–8, 13 (No. 6), fig. 9
Dal Rì 1987: 176 (No. 725e)
Nothdurfter 2002: 1150 (list 3, No. 7)



Antler point, curved, with indication of a perforation. Highly corroded and fragmentary.
Along an inscription from right to left. The object also bears two chevron-shaped marks U2 s U2 s near the broad end below the inscription. Cp. marks in the same shape on SR-3 antler and SR-9 antler.
Dal Rì dates the whole antler group from Montesei di Serso to the 3rd century BC (Dal Rì 1987: 176 (No. 725), whereas Schumacher suggets an older date to the 5th–4th centuries BC (Schumacher 2004: 247) and Pellegrini as well as Sebesta date the house No. 2 of Montesei di Serso, where the antlers were found, generally to the late Iron Age due to the typical house construction (Pellegrini & Sebesta 1965: 7).



Dal Rì 1987 Lorenzo Dal Rì, "Influssi etrusco-italici nella regione retico-alpina", in: Raffaele De Marinis (Ed.), Gli Etruschi a nord del Po, Mantova: Regione Lombardia - Provincia e Comune di Mantova 1987, 160–179.