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  • Description

    Stone block (stele) with Oscan inscription.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 300BC-100BC
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 41.91 centimetres
    • Width: 30.48 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Translation

        Vibius Popidius, son of Vibius, chief magistrate, had charge of this work and approved it.
  • Curator's comments

    See Rivista di Studi Pomepiani X, 1999, 210-212.

  • Location


  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    5 November 2012

    Reason for treatment

    Recent Acquisition

    Treatment proposal

    Light clean


    The object is stable but dirty.

    Treatment details

    The object was cleaned with Wishab sponge (vulcanized latex,filler). The very dark edges were additionally cleaned with Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone)/de-ionised water (1:1).

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  • Department

    Greek & Roman Antiquities

  • Registration number



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