Potsherd, Ostracon

Country
Egypt
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Description
Pottery ostracon: on one side (convex) only, 20 lines of black script, possibly Coptic or Hieractic.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Egyptian
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Measurements
L210mm x W110mm x D10mm
Media/Materials description
Ceramic - terracotta
History and use
Ostracon is a term used by archaeologists to refer to sherds of pottery or fragments of limestone, which bear text or drawings. Ancient Egyptians wrote personal notes, letters, sketches or texts on these broken pottery sherds, which provided a cheaper and more durable alternative to papyrus. This ostracon was found at Elephantine Island.
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E40043

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