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 From  Tom

31st March 09

What are these?

Appear to be made from lapis.

Drilled through.

Animal motifs carved on them.

Just under 2cm each.


 From April

12th August 09


Hi,  I have this wonderful piece that I was told was from 1st-2nd C BC and it was a Roman officer's belt insignia.  It's silver and has been cleaned by electrolysis and buffed so it would look pretty and could be worn. 


Has anyone seen anything of this nature? I do believe it's ancient but have no idea if it is Roman or from some other place.  I've been looking at a lot of military hardware and buckles, etc. and have found nothing that looks like this piece.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.



Pic is bit blurred but can't say I see anything convincingly Roman about it in it's style and design.

Pity all traces of antiquity have been removed  though alternatively I guess it now looks like it did when first made and used.


  From Bob

14th August 09

I highly doubt that it is a belt insignia because of the hanging loop.  I also doubt that it was worn by a male, especially one who might have seen battle, because of the delicate filigree design.  My guess is that it was a woman's necklace bauble.



 From Giovanni

26th September 2009

Can  anyone tell me what this is?

Here are the measurements : 8 1/2" High, 11" from outside-to-outside, 9" inside-to-inside at top, 7" inside-to-inside at bottom. I'm not sure, but... this may have had a bottom to it at some time. 

Don't know what it's made from. I took a small piece of this pottery material (about 1/8 of a pencil eraser) in size and put it in a shot mecuric acid (swimming pool acid. It bubbled alot for the first 20-30 seconds. Then the acid slowly ate this pottery stuff away until it was half way gone. 20-30 minutes later.

Lots of interesting things being sent to me today!

This is really intriguing.

From Izzet

26th September 2009

I collect Taino objects.

Attached are images of a bronze beaker I purchased in Jamaica.

The dealer said it was excavated in the 'bush'.

It had been scrubbed vigorously as they seemed to think it was gold.

The remnant patina shows. The cleaning possibly revealed the inscription which seems like a version of aramaic. 

Any information you or any members can give me on the possible origin of the
 peice and the meaning of the inscription would be appreciated.

The "writing" looks vaguely like Etruscan!

Difficult to say whether the cup itself is ancient as it's been rather cleaned up as you say.

Really intriguing.



2nd November 09

I had a few comments but these were entirely dismissive of even the vaguest possibility that this inscription could be ancient.


I suggested that Izzet contact Brian Colless at his extremely interesting website/blog


This is what he writes:

> I have been giving this inscription a close examination, and it sure

> looks like the West Semitic (Canaanite) syllabary, as distinct from

> the WS Canaanite proto-alphabet.

> This could be an indication of the Phoencians in the Atlantic Ocean in

> the Bronze Age, and explain how the Maya came to construct a syllabary  just like the Canaanites had.



> I can give a reading for most of the characters but I cannot make

> sense of it, yet.



> Reading from the right I can possibly see WA NI 'wine', and it might

> be a libation vessel for wine.


Awaiting further possible news with great interest.



May 2012.


 From Izzet

Hi Bron,

Brian just posted his ideas on the cup we discussed a while back.


 If the cup/beaker/chalice dates to the Late Bronze Age, as indicated by his identification of the script as a Proto Canaanite inscription, is this thick walled beaker form in bronze a known form for this or an earlier period?


Astonishing really!!

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