CO·48 Prestino

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Object
Classification: slab
Description: called "stela" by the museum

Material: stone
Material Composition: sandstone
Shape: parallelepiped
Size:
Extension (h×w×d): 18 cm7.086614 in × 380 cm149.606299 in × 33 cm12.992126 in
Condition: damaged

Archaeological Culture: unknown
Date: end of 6th / beginning of 5th century BC
Date derived from:

Site: Prestino (fraction of Como, Como, Lombardia, Italy)
Field Name: fondo Giulini
Coordinates (approx.): 45° 48' 4" N, 9° 3' 23" ELatitude: 45.801106
Longitude: 9.056518
[from site]
Find Date: 1966
Find Circumstances: by chance (salvage excavation)
Finder: Cirillo
Current Location: Museo Archeologico "Paolo Giovio" (Como)
Inventory Nr.: 8777

Inscription: CO·48 (uvamokozis : plialeθu : uvltiauiopos : ariuonepos : siteś : tetu)

Alternative Sigla: Tibiletti Bruno 1981: 23
Solinas 1994: 65
Motta 2000: 2
Morandi 2004: 180

Sources: Morandi 2004: 638-640 & 801 (pl. XXIV.180)
Motta 2000: 197-198
Solinas 1995: 343
Markey & Mees 2003: 116-117 & 120-122

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Commentary

The size of the stone is different according to different sources: 385 × 19 (max.) × 42 (max.) cm (Motta 2000: 197), 375 × 18 (mean) × 33 (mean) cm (Morandi 2004: 638), 378 x 19 x 23 cm (Markey & Mees 2003: 121 fig. 2, they refer to the "'official' measurements"). Also the dating differs according to different sources: second quarter of 5th century BC (Motta 2000: 197, cp. De Marinis & Motta 1990-1: 211), "datable on epigraphic and archaeological grounds to about 480-450 BC" (Markey & Mees 2003: 116). The site is within Golasecca III B - Golaseccca III A 1-2; beaker finds in the approximate context of the stone can be dated Golasecca III A (Markey & Mees 2003: 116, 212 fig. 2, De Marinis & Motta 1990-1: 211-212, fig. 7). Sketch of the site in Markey & Mees 2003: 121 (fig. 2, from De Marinis & Motta 1990-1: fig. 6). The inscription on the stone "faced west, toward an area devoid of archaeological definition and away from what appear to have been more elaborate interior structures to the east", the stone was "apparently dry-mounted on a low exterior wall" (Markey & Mees 2003: 212 fig. 2, see also 120-122).

Cf. CO·21 Rondineto

Bibliography

De Marinis & Motta 1990-1 Raffaele Carlo De Marinis, Filippo Motta, "Una Nuova Iscrizione Lepontica su Pietra da Mezzovico (Lugano). Aspetti Epigrafici e Inquadramento Cronologico", Sibrium 21 (1990-1991), 201-225.
Luraschi et al. 1968-9 Giorgio Luraschi, Pier Ugo Martinelli, Cesare Piovan, Giancarlo Frigerio, Furio Ricci, "Insediamenti di Como Preromana", Rivista Archeologica della Provincia di Como 150-151 (1968-1969), 201-236.
Markey & Mees 2003 Thomas L. Markey, Bernard Mees, "Prestino, patrimony and the Plinys", Zeitschrift für celtische Philologie 53 (2003), 116-167.
Morandi 2004 Alessandro Morandi, Celti d'Italia. A cura di Paola Piana Agostinetti. Tomo II: Epigrafia e lingua dei Celti d'Italia [= Popoli e civiltà dell'Italia antica 12.2], Roma: Spazio Tre 2004.
Motta 2000 Filippo Motta, "La documentazione epigrafica e linguistica", in: Raffaele Carlo De Marinis, Simonetta Biaggio Simona (Eds.), I Leponti tra mito e realtà, Locarno: Gruppo Archeologia Ticino 2000, 181–222.
Solinas 1994 Patrizia Solinas, "Il Celtico in Italia", Studi Etruschi 60 (1994 [1995]), 311-408.
Tibiletti Bruno 1981 Maria Grazia Tibiletti Bruno, "Le iscrizioni celtiche d'Italia", in: Enrico Campanile (Ed.), I Celti d'Italia, Pisa: Giardini 1981, 157-207.
Tibiletti Bruno 1989 Maria Grazia Tibiletti Bruno, "Storia Linguistica Preromana nel Comasco", Rivista Archeologica della Provincia di Como 171 (1989), 77-118.
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