pot·​sherd | \ ˈpät-ˌshərd How to pronounce potsherd (audio) \

Definition of potsherd

: a pottery fragment usually unearthed as an archaeological relic

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Recent Examples on the Web The ground inside and around several of the huge shapes is littered with ancient potsherds, dating between 100 BCE and 100 CE. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists found 143 more images among the Nazca Lines," 2 Dec. 2019 Microscopic traces of ancient fats left behind on potsherds provide some clues about what people ate at those feasts. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Did Stonehenge builders use pig grease to help slide megaliths into place?," 5 Aug. 2019 Wood charcoal from the open spaces in the center of each ring dated to between 900 and 1200 CE, and potsherds from the same pits matched a style common at the same time. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "A drone helped archaeologists discover a lost Florida island settlement," 5 Nov. 2019 This summer, however, during the second year of excavating, a team from Israel’s Kinneret College discovered remnants of a Roman-era bathhouse, potsherds and coins from the first to third centuries. Michele Chabin, USA TODAY, "Is this unearthed fishing village the birthplace of three of Jesus’ apostles?," 8 Aug. 2017 The names of candidates for exile were scratched onto small potsherds and tallied, with a minimum of 6,000 votes required to banish someone. Nick Romeo, National Geographic, "What Modern Democracies Didn’t Copy From Ancient Greece," 4 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of potsherd

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for potsherd

Middle English pot-sherd, from pot + sherd shard

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“Potsherd.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potsherd. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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