of a pavement, but has been
slightly displaced. It has given rise to much discussion; and the state
of our knowledge with regard to the content of the text is summarised
by Lommatzsch in CIL i². I. 'It seems,' he says, 'that it is a law
or laws as to certain rites to be performed by the king or perhaps by those
in attendance on the king in the comitium. To attempt to define it
further would be useless, as we do not even know how much of the
cippus is lost.' As to the date, he fixes it about 500 B.C., as being slightly
later than the fibula of Praeneste (ib. 3). Cf. also AJP 1907, 249-272,
373-400. The freshness of the surface may be explained by the fact that
it was covered with stucco.
(2) a conical column of tufa dating from the fifth century.
(3) the so-called sacellum-consisting of (a) a rectangular foundation
of one course of tufa blocks, on which rest two bases, each 2.66 metres
long and I.31 broad; these support pedestals of tufa with curved profiles,
probably to be reconstructe