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Reading in transliteration: ur
Reading in original script: U dR d
Variant reading: tu
U sT s

Object: VA·1 Ardena (bottle)
(Inscriptions: VA·1.1, VA·1.2)
Position: shoulder, outside
Direction of writing: ambiguous
Script: unknown
Letter height: 1–2.3 cm0.394 in <br />0.906 in <br />
Number of letters: 2
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched
Condition: complete

Archaeological culture: La Tène C 2 [from object]
Date of inscription: first half of 2nd c. BC [from object]

Type: unknown
Language: unknown
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: Solinas 1995: 113 1
Morandi 2004: 41 B

Sources: Morandi 2004: 544 f. no. 41 B



First published in Bertolone 1941: 27 f. Examined for LexLep on 27th January 2022.

Images in Bertolone 1941: 28, fig. 5 (drawing), Tibiletti Bruno 1966: 17 (photo and drawing), Morandi 1999: 173 (drawing) and pl. X.3 (photo), Morandi 2004: 548, fig. 11.41 (drawing), Rapi 2009b: 213, fig. 1 (photo) and 214, fig. 2 (drawing).

Inscribed on the shoulder of the bottle (length 1.3 cm). The rightmost character consists of two scratches forming R d, cut as deeply as those of the other character and creating a character of the same height, prolonged more faintly on top. U dR d ur is preferred by Rapi 2009b: 214. Morandi 1999: 173 f., no. 19 considers T sU s tu (sinistroverse, as opposed to equally possible dextroverse ut), which is also attested otherwise in the corpus (also Morandi 2004: 545, no. 41 B). The reasoning behind śu suggested by Tibiletti Bruno 1966: 20 f. (see also Tibiletti Bruno 1978: 149, Solinas 1995: 369, no. 113,1) is unclear to me. In any case, the inscription is most probably a non-language-encoding mark, or possibly a numeral '15'.

Corinna Salomon


Bertolone 1941 Mario Bertolone, "Nuove scoperte archeologiche della provincia di Varese", Rivista Archeologica dell'Antica Provincia e Diocesi di Como 123–124 (1940 [1941]), 21–36.