Definition of potsherd in English:

potsherd

noun

  • A broken piece of ceramic material, especially one found on an archaeological site.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘You can't go anywhere really without stumbling over potsherds, coins, bones etc. in some parts of the country.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He curated an exhibition a couple of years ago which included a letter on a potsherd in Coptic.’
    • ‘They are not only not interested in it, but are more interested in broken potsherds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Every scrape of my boot uncovered green, blue, and turquoise potsherds.’
    • ‘Burnt lamp grease and potsherds were discovered close to the entrance passage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Brilliant as he was indefatigable, he recreated the Zuni past from their syllables and potsherds.’
    • ‘Among numerous pottery vessels and potsherds, 113 pieces bore 30 incised signs or symbols.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Other vessels and potsherds are decorated with animal figures that suggest a usage other than the merely pragmatic.’
    • ‘The field is still popularly associated more with tents than texts: stones, bones, and potsherds.’
    • ‘Prehistoric pottery was abundant in the test pits, with 1,360 potsherds, including 34 rim sherds and 50 decorated body sherds, recovered.’
    • ‘We surface-collected 14 chipped stone artifacts and 29 prehistoric potsherds in the course of five visits to the Robinson site in 1991.’
    • ‘It was a ruin in the making, and my friends and I were camped out amid its potsherds and tumuli.’
    • ‘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.’

Pronunciation

potsherd

/ˈpätˌSHərd//ˈpɑtˌʃərd/