Tablet 684

description 93 x 13 mm.
Archaeological data. Location: SG (bonfire site). Period: 3.
A fragment of an account written along the grain, complete at the top and both sides. It appears to be an account of timber needed for building a granary, cf. 190.c.11. This is the first certain reference in the tablets to a granary at Vindolanda.


materiem horrei n
trabis mị ... [ n
. . . . . . . .


1. This is significantly indented and must be a heading. For accusative cases in accounts (e.g. 192), dependent upon some unstated verb, see Adams (1995a), 114-6 For materiem see 215.ii.5 note, 600.i.3.

2. For trabs used of wood for building, e.g. as a beam, see OLD s.v.3 It is certainly easier to read trabis than trabes here, although difficult to see how to make sense of a genitive singular unless we understand it as a collective. Dr. Adams advises us that this form could be an accusative plural, which makes better sense. For what follows, mịṇọṛ or mịṇọṛ[es makes some sort of sense and is compatible with the traces. We can find no suitable species of timber beginnng mi- which would suit the traces.

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