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Transliteration: ?ana
Original script: A3 saddN1 sA3 s

Object: SZ-69 potsherd (pottery)
Position: bottom, outside
Script: unknown
Direction of writing: dextroverse
Letter height: 1.31.3 cm <br /> – 1.6 cm
Number of letters: 4
Number of lines: 1
Craftsmanship: incised
Current condition: complete
Archaeological culture: Roman republican period [from object]
Date of inscription: -100 [from object]
Date derived from: typology [from object]

Language: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: IR 68
TM 218439
Sources: Schumacher 2004: 148


First published in IR. Autopsied by TIR in November 2013.

Pictures in IR (photo tav. LI, fig. a and drawing = LIR).

Inscription length 6.6 cm. While A3 saddN1 sA3 s ana seems clear, the leftmost group of scratches is problematic. It can simply be read addN1 s, with a short hasta like in the second addN1 s, making those letters converging with Latin addN1 s. However, there is a scratch slanting away from the top of the rightmost hasta, while a horizontal scratch turns the first angle into another A3 s. Mancini suggests an alternative reading A3 sP2 dA3 saddN1 sA3 s apana. Concerning the Latinoid character of the inscription (including "closed" A3 s with hardly inclined bar), note that the object is not quite typical in Raetic context and may be an import and/or indicate a recent date for the inscription.


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)