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Reading in transliteration: sur
Reading in original script: R sU sS s

Object: BG·43 Bergamo (pot)
Position: outside, wall
Direction of writing: sinistroverse
Script: North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Number of letters: 3
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched into leather-hard clay
Condition: damaged

Archaeological culture: unknown [from object]
Date of inscription: 5th century BC [from object]

Type: unknown
Language: perhaps Celtic
Meaning: abbreviation (?)

Alternative sigla: none

Sources: Casini & Motta 2018: 122 no. 7


First published in Casini & Motta 2018: 122, no. 7.

Images in Casini & Motta 2018: fig. 3.6 (photo and drawing).

Lightly scrached and partly abraded. Sigma especially is hardly legible, but Casini and Motta prefer a reading s to a. At least one more faint line is visible before sigma; it is not certain whether the inscription is complete. If the reading is correct, the sequence is likely an abbreviation of a personal name, see the word page and cf. sur in VA·12.

Corinna Salomon


Casini & Motta 2018 Stefania Casini, Filippo Motta, "Iscrizioni vascolari celtiche a Bergamo", Notizie Archeologiche Bergomensi 26 (2018), 115–128.