One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A broken piece of ceramic material, especially one found on an archaeological site.
- ‘Prehistoric pottery was abundant in the test pits, with 1,360 potsherds, including 34 rim sherds and 50 decorated body sherds, recovered.’
- ‘Among numerous pottery vessels and potsherds, 113 pieces bore 30 incised signs or symbols.’
- ‘Artifacts discovered here included potsherds, some tuyeres, a clay smoking-pipe, oval-shaped pieces of chalk, shells of a variety of saltwater shellfish, and mammalian bones.’
- ‘He curated an exhibition a couple of years ago which included a letter on a potsherd in Coptic.’
- ‘It was a ruin in the making, and my friends and I were camped out amid its potsherds and tumuli.’
- ‘Small postholes containing iron nails, early medieval potsherds and a silver coin of Ethelred II dating to 1010 suggested that the terraces had been revetted by posts.’
- ‘They are not only not interested in it, but are more interested in broken potsherds.’
- ‘Burnt lamp grease and potsherds were discovered close to the entrance passage.’
- ‘The field is still popularly associated more with tents than texts: stones, bones, and potsherds.’
- ‘Brilliant as he was indefatigable, he recreated the Zuni past from their syllables and potsherds.’
- ‘We surface-collected 14 chipped stone artifacts and 29 prehistoric potsherds in the course of five visits to the Robinson site in 1991.’
- ‘At Agadagbabou, an abandoned site, about sixty-seven percent of the potsherds recovered were undecorated.’
- ‘The majority of the finds were of fired clay in the form of whole vessels, potsherds, figurines, and pipes.’
- ‘Every scrape of my boot uncovered green, blue, and turquoise potsherds.’
- ‘You can't go anywhere really without stumbling over potsherds, coins, bones etc. in some parts of the country.’
- ‘As the dig begins to uncover potsherds, roof tiles, stonework, utensils or even window glass, a picture is beginning to be built up of what a structure may have looked like, or been used for.’
- ‘Archaeologists are often fearful of drifting too far from the ‘scientific’ rigour of postholes and potsherds into a reliance on what some see as ‘biased’ documents.’
- ‘The Mesopotamians gave to the Indus basin the name ‘Meluhha’ and there have been finds of Indus potsherds and artefacts at the royal cemetery at Ur in southern Iraq.’
- ‘Other vessels and potsherds are decorated with animal figures that suggest a usage other than the merely pragmatic.’
- ‘They can erase the traces of human settlement with such vigour that, often, nothing remains of a civilisation except a few potsherds, coins and glass beads.’
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