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L’instrumentum, support d’écrit

Abstract : Manufactured products need writings. Inside the workshop, as control marks for the different participants in the process of fabrication, for the commissioner and the client; during their utilization, to indicate the owner's name or their function; and at last when people get rid of them, for votive purpose for example. In all cases, the archaeologist wonders who was the author of the text, for what purpose, and to whom it was addressed. Who writes, why and to whom? This branch of epigraphy, seldom used by specialists, is however an irreplaceable source of information on social categories who cannot afford stone inscriptions: craftsmen and their common clients who belong to lower classes.
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Michel Feugère. L’instrumentum, support d’écrit. Gallia - Archéologie de la France antique, CNRS Éditions, 2004, Dossier : L’écriture dans la société gallo-romaine, 61, pp.53-65. ⟨10.3406/galia.2004.3187⟩. ⟨halshs-00007252⟩



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