VN-2 bone

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Classification: unidentifiable
Material: bone
Size: length: 3.6 cm, width: 1.1 cm, height: 7 mm
Condition: fragmentary
Date: 3rd–1st centuries BC
Date derived from: archaeological context

Site: Schluderns / Sluderno (Bozen / Bolzano, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy)
Field name: Ganglegg
Coordinates (approx.): 46° 40' 18.23" N, 10° 35' 18.96" E
Find date: probably between 1989 and 1992
Find circumstances: excavation (Pohl and Wieser)
Current location: Vintschger Museum / Museo della Val Venosta (on exhibition)
Inventory Nr.: none

Inscription: VN-2 (ụ]mep[)

Sources: Schubert 1992: 446, fig. 4.1
Schumacher 2004: 177, 208, pl. 3.1



Bone plate.
Animal bone, not further classified. Calcined.
The above-mentioned dimensions result of the autopsy by the Thesaurus Inscriptionum Raeticarum. Schumacher indicates: "G. 3,5 x 1,1 cm" (cp. Schumacher 2004: 177).
Along an inscription.
Like all the bone findings on the Ganglegg hill the bone plate dates to 3rd–1st centuries BC (cp. Gamper & Steiner 1999: 50–51).
Until 1992 in private property of Karl Pohl. The current location however is the Vintschger Museum / Museo della Val Venosta.
In the recently released study about the Raetic inscriptions by Marchesini the fragmentary bone is listed with "MLR 246"; an autopsy was not effected and the indications related to the bone fragment are in accord with Schumacher 2004 and Gamper 2006 (cp. MLR: 217 [MLR 246]; drawing = Schumacher 2004: pl. 3.1).
Autopsied by the Thesaurus Inscriptionum Raeticarum in September 2014.



Gamper 2006 Peter Gamper, Die latènezeitliche Besiedlung am Ganglegg in Südtirol. Neue Forschungen zur Fritzens-Sanzeno-Kultur [= Internationale Archäologie 91], Rahden/Westfalen: Leidorf 2006.
Gamper & Steiner 1999 Peter Gamper, Hubert Steiner, Das Ganglegg bei Schluderns. Eine befestigte bronze- und eisenzeitliche Siedlung im oberen Vinschgau, Bozen: Athesia 1999.