TI·9 Giubiasco

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Classification: bowl
Archaeological Type: mortarium

Material: pottery
Size: height 6.4 cm, mouth diam. 19 cm, max. diam. 21.5 cm, base diam. 8.8 cm
Condition: complete
Autopsy by: Corinna Salomon
Date of autopsy: Oct 16 2023

Archaeological culture: La Tène C 2, La Tène D, Augustan
Date: 2nd c. BC–early 1st c. AD
Date derived from: typology

Site: Giubiasco (fraction of: Bellinzona, Ticino, Switzerland)
Field name: Giubiasco necropolis
Archaeological context: "grave" 93
Coordinates (approx.): 46° 10' 41.56" N, 9° 0' 41.74" E
Find date: January–March 1901
Find circumstances: unsupervised excavation
Finder: Domenico Pini
Current location: Museo Castello di Montebello (Bellinzona)
Inventory no.: A-14434

Inscription: TI·9 (remu)

Alternative sigla: Whatmough 1933 (PID): 258
Tibiletti Bruno 1981: 2
Solinas 1995: 6
Motta 2000: 22
Morandi 2004: 10

Sources: Morandi 2004: 524 no. 10



Images in Motta 2000: 209, fig. 13 (drawing), Pernet et al. 2006: pl. sub 93.11 (drawing).

The mortarium (type 1) comes from one of the graves which were excavated by Domenico Pini without supervision; the inventory includes objects from different periods and is probably not authentic (Tori et al. 2004: 62, 64, Pernet et al. 2006: 299; the grave complex is described in Tori et al. 2004: 139). On the classification of the object see Pernet et al. 2006: 212 f., 252, cat. 80. See also Ulrich 1914 I: 572.

The dating follows Pernet et al. 2006; De Marinis & Biaggio Simona 2000: 462, no. 532 give the late 2nd–first half of the 1st century BC (also Motta 2000: 212, no. 22).

Owned by the Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum (Zürich), but currently on long-term loan to Museo Castello di Montebello (Bellinzona).

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.