Block of limestone (w:
0.86 x h:
0.45 x d:
0.40) broken and perhaps burnt on the left-hand of
the face; inscribed on one face within an incised tabella ansata (originally
0.36); the surviving ansa is defined by two incised lines and encloses a cross with
forked terminals; above it, at an angle, is a roughly incised palm branch; the centre
of the panel is occupied by a large monogrammed cross (α, ω) with closed Ρ and forked
Text: Inscribed on one face within an incised tabella ansata; the surviving part of the inscription is cut (a) within the panel, above and below the right arm of the cross, and (b) outside the panel, in the triangle made by the right edge of the panel, the upper edge of the ansa and the palm branch.
Letters: Rough incised capitals: line 1, 0.025-0.04; line 2, 0.045; line 3, 0.03; line 4, 0.035; line 5, 0.03.
Date: Fifth-seventh centuries CE (context)
Al Khadra (Breviglieri Village); found by Mr.
David Oates in the garden of Podere 137.
Original location: Said locally to have been brought to El-Khadra in the course of quarrying operations, from one of two sites on the ridge north of the Podere (map refs. M 089, 217 and M 084, 215).1.
Last recorded location: Tripoli Castle.
Translation by: J. M. Reynolds
(a) [---] to God ?praise be to God [---] Stiddin [---]
(b) Not usefully translatable.
None available (2021).