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A team of archaeologists from the University of Reading has discovered a fragment of a Roman inscription which can be of great importance since coincides with another find made in 1891 and that it can provide a great amount of information since it is as if it were two pieces of a puzzle.
Both pieces are made of marble and were discovered in the Roman city of Calleva Atrebatum, very close to the village of Silchester, in the English town of Hampshire. It is the largest fragment discovered by the Society of Antiquaries of London, who were in charge of excavating the entire city within the Roman walls between the years 1890 and 1909.
In the first piece discovered two lines of truncated text are noticed, where in the upper part you can see the letters “IN"And at the bottom"AT”. At the time it was added to the Slichester collection of the Reading museum, where it has been for approximately 122 years. For its part, the fragment found by the university team in 2013 during the excavation "Insula III"It only has one row of truncated text in which the letters can be read"BA”.
Despite the fact that it is only a small piece of a marble slab, the researchers say that it is of great archaeological importance, ensuring that it may be a plaque erected on a building, perhaps to commemorate its construction or the deity a which was dedicated this construction.
Different archaeologists agree that the supposed plaque was smashed when the building that housed it was destroyed in the 1st century AD. and there is very little material evidence of the destruction of an important building, so it is quite difficult for them to know more about it today.
Roger Tomlin, an expert in Roman inscriptions at the University of Oxford, was in charge of analyzing this last fragment discovered and it was he who found the correlation with the first of the fragments since both were inscribed in the same style and the letters had the same size in addition to fully matching the material with which both pieces were made.
According to their assumptions, "BA”Is placed after“AT"In the bottom row of the first of the fragments when spelling the word"In (e) b bis (TUM)", what does it mean "of Atrebates”, The Gallic founder of the city of Calleya in the 1st century BC, although, according to him, there are still many things to investigate in this regard.
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