Tablet 602

description 20 x 32 mm.
Archaeological data. Location: SG/NE (intervallum road). Period: 3.
A fragment from the bottom of a leaf, possibly with remains of a notch and a tie-hole, incomplete at the top and both sides. It contains parts of five lines of an account, probably of clothing and footwear, written across the grain of the wood. We have compared the hands in other accounts of similar content but can see nothing immediately comparable. The back is blank.


. . . . . . . .
] ọlạ [ n
] . ṣ galḷịc̣[ n
] . ọs · Britṭ[anic-] n
] .. gallicula [ n
5 ]cam Ḅriṭ[tanic-] n


1. The first letter is rather large for o but can hardly be anything else and the traces of the third suit a, so we are fairly confident of ]ọlạ, in which case the obvious restoration in this context is palli]ọlạ (see 207.9, 12, 255.ii.9-10).

2. On the photograph, there is a suggestion of a diagonal in the first letter in which case we may have ]ạṣ. For galliculae see 197.2, 605. These are civilian rather than military shoes or sandals. TLL VI 1681.52ff. quotes Rufinus, Orig.princ. 4.2.18 (17) to the effect that these are shoes with nails, and this seems to be supported by 605 (q.v.). The vast majority of shoes and boots from the pre-Hadrianic forts at Vindolanda have nailed soles, see VRR III, 35, Van Driel-Murray (1995), (2001).

3. The adjective Britannicus is attested with textiles, e.g. Ed.Diocl. 19.28, 48, and the Thorigny inscription (cited at 192.6 note). We are unsure how to read the end of the preceding word which we take to be the noun which it qualifies. It seems probable that we should read ọs and interpret the mark following either as a medial point or as dirt. Before that we could have the top of c and the cross-bar of e, or perhaps just e, i.e. cal]c̣ẹọs ⋅ Brittannicos (or calc]ẹọs) cf. 197.1. But we have found no other use of the adjective to qualify types of footwear. The spelling Britt-, which is certain here, since the last trace cannot be a, is well-attested, see TLL II 2197.

4. The last trace before g looks like the down-stroke of a, but there is no sign of a diagonal. Read ]ịạ?

5. ḅri is certain but we are unsure whether there are any traces after that; we could have the abbreviation Ḅriṭ, as in the Thorigny inscription (192.6 note). In any case, Brittannicam with tuni]cam preceding it seems likely.

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