Potsherd, Ostracon, Greek text
30 BCE-395 CE Country
Egypt See full details
Pottery ostracon: on one (convex) side only, three lines of faded black inscription. Fine fabric, scratches to surface, slightly curved in cross section.
CH classification ARCHAEOLOGY Egyptian
L91.2mm x W55.3mm x D9.3mm
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.