TI·33 Bedigliora

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Classification: stela

Material: stone
Size: length 74 cm, width 46 cm, thickness 7,5 cm
Condition: fragmentary
Autopsy by: Corinna Salomon
Date of autopsy: Oct 16 2023

Archaeological culture: La Tène B, La Tène C
Date: 4th–mid-2nd c. BC
Date derived from: typology

Site: Bedigliora (Ticino, Switzerland)
Field name: Banco
Coordinates (approx.): 46° 0' 39.92" N, 8° 50' 33.03" E
Find date: 1913
Find circumstances: building work
Finder: Mario Ferretti
Current location: Ufficio Cantonale dei Beni Culturali (Bellinzona)
Inventory no.: 19.1913.1

Inscription: TI·33 (]nialui:pala)

Alternative sigla: Whatmough 1933 (PID): 273
Solinas 1995: 2
Motta 2000: 7
Morandi 2004: 31

Sources: Morandi 2004: 537 no. 31



Images in Giussani 1914: 57, fig. 3 (photo) and 59, fig. 4 (drawing = Lattes 1914: 920), Rhŷs 1914: 315, pl. II (photo), Motta 2000: 202, fig. 5 (photo).

Fragment (middle part) of a beola granite gneiss stela found in early July 1913 during the repair of the public washhouse of Banco, where it was used to cover the drainage canal (Giussani 1914: 56). According to the surveyor Mario Ferretti, whose report is published in Giussani's article, with additional observations recorded in Rhŷs 1914: 4 f., the fragment is likely to come from a necropolis which was excavated near the ossuary of S. Maria di Banco in 1852: ca. 200 tombs built with slabs and equipped with ceramic and bronze objects were unearthed and the stones removed and partly reused, the inscribed fragment ending up as building material for the washhouse. Pieces are missing both on top and at the bottom, as well as on the left side, while the right edge appears to be partly preserved. See also Piana Agostinetti 2004: 168 f. See the inscription page on the typological/palaeographical dating.

Corinna Salomon


Giussani 1914 Antonio Giussani, "Le Iscrizioni Nord-Etrusche di Vergiate e di Banco", Rivista Archeologica della Provincia di Como 67-69 (1914), 47-60.