TI·12 Giubiasco

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Classification: bottle
Archaeological Type: fiasca a trottola

Material: pottery
Size: height 11.5 cm, max. diam 19 cm, foot diam. 7.4 cm
Condition: complete, repaired
Autopsy by: Corinna Salomon
Date of autopsy: Jul 20 2021

Archaeological culture: La Tène D
Date: 1st century BC
Date derived from: typology

Site: Giubiasco (fraction of: Bellinzona, Ticino, Switzerland)
Field name: Giubiasco necropolis
Archaeological context: grave 143 (?)
Coordinates (approx.): 46° 10' 39.46" N, 9° 0' 41.06" E
Find date: March 13, 1901
Find circumstances: excavation
Finder: Domenico Pini
Current location: Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum (Zürich)
Inventory no.: A-14909

Inscription: TI·12 (atilonei)

Alternative sigla: Whatmough 1933 (PID): 263
Solinas 1995: 12
Motta 2000: 19
Morandi 2004: 13

Sources: Morandi 2004: 526 f. no. 13



Images in Ulrich 1914 II: Taf. LX.7 (photo), Morandi 1999: pl. IV.1 (photo), Motta 2000: 211, fig. 16a (photo), Tori et al. 2010: pl. sub 143.8? (drawing).

The fiasca a trottola (type 3.2) comes from grave 143 of the Giubiasco necropolis, excavated by Domenico Pini under supervision, though the integrity of the grave complex is not entirely certain: the grave as a whole can be dated to LT B2–C1; the bottle is the only object dated to LT D and probably does not belong in this inventory (Tori et al. 2010: 280 f.; the grave complex is described in Tori et al. 2004: 175 f.). On the classification of the object see Tori et al. 2010: 216, 241, cat. 175. See also Ulrich 1914 I: 590.

The dating follows Tori et al. 2010; De Marinis & Biaggio Simona 2000: 461, no. 529 give the 2nd–1st century BC.

Corinna Salomon


De Marinis & Biaggio Simona 2000 Raffaele C. De Marinis, Simonetta Biaggio Simona (eds), I leponti tra mito e realtà. Raccolta di saggi in occasione della mostra Locarno, Castello Visconteo - Casorella, 20 maggio - 3 dicembre 2000, Verbania: Armando Dadò Editore 2000.