Pottery is the most durable of things discovered during an archaeological dig. Even when the pottery is broken it endures, and can be useful for some purposes. The pieces of broken pottery are called potsherds, sherds, or shards. Visit any archaeological site and you will see a pile of broken pottery. The largest pile I recall seeing is at Ramat Rachel between Jerusalem and Bethlehem.
Cities of biblical times likely had a common place to dump broken pottery. In the days of Jeremiah, Jerusalem had a gate known as the Potsherd Gate.
Go out to the part of the Hinnom Valley which is near the entrance of the Potsherd Gate. Announce there what I tell you. (Jeremiah 19:2 NET)
Is there any use for this broken pottery? Answer to follow…