Potsherd, Ostracon, Greek text

Production date
30 BCE-395 CE
Country
Egypt
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Description
Pottery ostracon: on one (convex) side only, three lines of faded black inscription. Fine fabric, scratches to surface, slightly curved in cross section.
Classification
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Egyptian
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Measurements
L91.2mm x W55.3mm x D9.3mm
Media/Materials description
Pottery
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.
Registration number
E40046.2

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