SZ-83 bowl

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Classification: bowl
Archaeological type: bowl with S-shaped profile
Material: pottery
Size: height: 5.4 cm, rim diameter: 7.9 cm, maximum diameter: 8.5 cm, base diameter: 3 cm, thickness: 4 mm
Condition: damaged, incomplete
Archaeological culture: La Tène C
Date: about 250–120 BC
Date derived from: typology

Site: Sanzeno (Trento, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy)
Coordinates (approx.): 46° 21' 57.60" N, 11° 4' 30.00" E [from site]
Find date: 22.05.1901
Find circumstances: excavation
Current location: Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum (repository)
Inventory Nr.: 11.946

Inscription: SZ-83 (?)

Sources: Zemmer-Plank et al. 1985: 167 (cat. No. 49)


Bowl with S-shaped profile.
Medium-fine clay, from brown to dark brown in colour. Moderate tempered of medium-grained sand and cast gold as well as argentine mica. Compressed body, widely extending mouth rim, omphalos.
In the upper area of the shoulder a circumferential ribbon decoration. Decoration before firing.
On the bottom characters, incised after firing.
The find date, 22.05.1901, is given by Mancini (cp. LIR: 141; the information reminds of the find date of SZ-29 bowl, SZ-52 bowl, SZ-54 bowl, SZ-59 bowl, SZ-60 bowl as well as SZ-61 bowl given also by Mancini, cp. LIR: 141 [No. SA-101] resp. LIR: 132 [No. SA-81], LIR: 110 [No. SA-49], LIR: 130 [No. SA-79], LIR: 103 [No. SA-40], LIR: 106 [No. SA-43] and LIR: 113 [No. SA-53]). Further find circumstances like exact find place are unknown. Only Mancini indicates the 22th may of 1901 as find date. Related to the find spot Sanzeno it is known that there a two-day excavation directed by Franz von Wieser took place in the spring of this year (cp. Merhart 1926: 71–72). The objects found during this excavation were then brought to the Tyrolean State Museum (cp. Merhart 1926: 72; moreover von Merhart states here that the major part of all the findings made in Sanzeno between 1898 and 1914 was acquired by von Wieser for the Tyrolean State Museum). Connecting both information, in all probability the object comes from the excavation directed by von Wieser.
The dating given by Zemmer-Plank follows the common typology related to bowls with S-shaped profile (cp. Zemmer-Plank et al. 1985: 167).
Probably first published in Zemmer-Plank et al. 1985: 167 (cat. No. 49), however there are neither a picture nor an archaeological drawing of the object. Related to the inventory number Mancini indicates a misinformation, in LIR: 141 (No. SA-100) the inventory number 11.945 is given. In actual fact the correct inventory number is: 11.946.
Autopsied by the Thesaurus Inscriptionum Raeticarum in November 2013.



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)