SZ-53 handle

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Classification: vessel
Archaeological type: Situla
Material: bronze
Size: length: 13.7 cm, diameter: 5 mm
Condition: fragmentary
Date: 5th–1st centuries BC
Date derived from: archaeological context

Site: Sanzeno (Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy)
Field name: Casalini
Archaeological context: settlement, section A
Coordinates (approx.): 46° 21' 57.60" N, 11° 4' 30.00" E [from site]
Find date: 1950–1951
Find circumstances: excavation
Current location: Castello del Buonconsiglio (repository)
Inventory Nr.: 8009

Inscription: SZ-53 (§)

Sources: Fogolari 1960: 272 (No. 6), pl. II.7



Fragmentary bronze handle of a situla.
Cylindrical cross section.
Along the rod characters which Pellegrini as well as Fogolari identify as "ornamentali" (cp. Pellegrini 1951: 316; Fogolari 1960: 272). Probably first published in Pellegrini 1951: 316, fig. 17 (only transcription of the inscription).
The handle fragment was found in Sanzeno during the offical excavation from 1950 to 1951. The object was discovered with other findings in section A of the settlement. The map and the here used number 6 indicates the exact find spot of the handle (cp. for the map: Fogolari 1960: pl. A; for the excavation in Sanzeno from 1950 to 1951 cp. Fogolari 1960: 268–277).
The entire material discovered in Sanzeno dates to the late Iron age period, i.e. from the 5th century BC to the Roman period (cp. Fogolari 1960: 269). Therefore the handle fragment must also date to this timeframe.
So far not autopsied by the Thesaurus Inscriptionum Raeticarum. The indications follow the information given in literature (cp. below the bibliography).



Fogolari 1960 Giulia Fogolari, "Sanzeno nell'Anaunia", in: Deputazione di Storia Patria per le Province di Romagna (Eds), Civiltà del Ferro. Studi pubblicati nella ricorrenza centenaria della scoperta di Villanova [= Documenti e studi VI], Bologna: Forni 1960, 265–321.