Potsherds, sherds, and shards

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.

A pile of potsherds at Ramat Rachel. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

A pile of potsherds at Ramat Rachel. Photo by Ferrell Jenkins.

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)

Looking through the pottery shards at Ramat Rachel.

Ferrell Jenkins looking at a rim and a handle at Ramat Rachel. Photo: Leon Mauldin.

Is there any use for this broken pottery? Answer to follow…

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