Pottery ostracon: on one side (convex) only, four lines of black Coptic or Hieractic inscription.
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Egyptian
Circa 3 CE
L50mm x W57mm x D5mm
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.