A Highly Precise Set of Weights

Things to notice regarding this Praeneste find from 1907 excavations:

Q – likely stands for Quaestor as on coins

The per ‘pound’ basis of each ‘denomination’ is as follows:

X – 327.4

V – 327.4

III – 327.433

II – 327.45

… – 327.44

.. – 328.5

. – 328.44

The basalt is much more resistant to corrosion than similar metal weights.

Location of Piazza in relationship to sanctuary:


View of back of cathedral from sanctuary of Fortuna, again to show relationship of find spot to sanctuary.


View the other direction.  Note shadow of cathedral bell tower to orientate yourself:



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