VS·3 Gamsen

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Classification: unknown

Material: pottery
Size: 4.8 cm x 4 cm (fragment), thickness 0.4 cm
Condition: fragmentary
Autopsy by: Corinna Salomon
Date of autopsy: Sep 30 2021

Archaeological culture: La Tène D 2
Date: second half of 1st c. BC
Date derived from: typology, archaeological context

Site: Gamsen (Wallis, Switzerland)
Field name: Waldmatte
Coordinates (approx.): 46° 18' 15.84" N, 7° 57' 39.79" E
Find date: between 1988 and 1999
Find circumstances: excavation
Current location: Office cantonal d'archéologie Valais (Sion)
Inventory no.: BW 1590-15

Inscription: VS·3 (]ristị)

Alternative sigla: none

Sources: Paccolat et al. 2019: 3B 622



Image in Paccolat et al. 2019: 3B 623 pl. 115, no. 2143 (photo).

Found during excavations at the Waldmatte site of the Gamsen settlement. The fragment of the wall of a closed ceramic vessel – probably an olla – whose form cannot be reconstructed comes from a layer dated to LT D2B (late 1st c. BC), but may be somewhat older (Paccolat et al. 2019: 3B 622, no. 2144, 3A 285, no. 2144). Note that, in the publication, the object got mixed up with another ceramic fragment with marks on it (EX·3) in vol. 3A p. 260 and in vol. 3B in the plate.

Corinna Salomon