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Reading in transliteration: ]ristị
Reading in original script: I sT sS sI sR3 s[
Variant reading: ]isisti
I sT sS sI sS sI s[

Object: VS·3 Gamsen (unknown)
Position: outside, wall
Direction of writing: ambiguous
Script: prob. North Italic script (Lepontic alphabet)
Letter height: 1.8 cm0.709 in <br />
Number of letters: 4–5
Number of words: 1
Number of lines: 1
Workmanship: scratched after firing
Condition: damaged, fragmentary

Archaeological culture: La Tène D 2 [from object]
Date of inscription: second half of 1st c. BC [from object]

Type: unknown
Language: perhaps Celtic
Meaning: unknown

Alternative sigla: none

Sources: Paccolat et al. 2019: 3A 285



First published in Paccolat et al. 2019: 3A 285. Examined for LexLep on 30th September 2021.

Image in Paccolat et al. 2019: 3B 623 pl. 115, no. 2143 (photo).

The scratches on the ceramic fragment, all incomplete, were read as dextroverse ]risti or ]isisti by Casini and Motta in the original publication. The two reading options are entirely plausible, even though sinistroverse writing direction is equally possible. It must be pointed out, however, that the sequence st speaks against a Celtic form – see the word page for further considerations.

The second graffito from Gamsen which was published as an inscription by Casini and Motta has not been included in LexLep; see EX·3.

Corinna Salomon