pot shard

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More commonly referred to as "pot sherd," pot shard is a colloquial term for ceramic sherds, common artifacts found in archaeological sites. Currently, archaeologists in the U.S. use the term "sherd" to refer to a fragmented piece of a prehistoric or historic ceramic vessel, while the term "shard" refers to a fragmented piece of glass.

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"Pot sherd with scale, February 11, 2009" by k.e. mckenzie is licensed under CC BY.

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