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 (pŏt′shûrd′) also pot·shard (-shärd′)
A fragment of broken pottery, especially one found in an archaeological excavation.


(ˈpɒtˌʃɜːd) or


a broken fragment of pottery
[C14: from pot1 + schoord piece of broken crockery; see shard]



a broken pottery fragment, esp. one of archaeological value.
[1275–1325; Middle English, =pot pot1 + sherd shard]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.potsherd - a shard of pottery
shard, sherd, fragment - a broken piece of a brittle artifact


[ˈpɒtˌʃɜːd] Ntiesto m, casco m


[ˈpɒtˌʃɜːd] n (Archeol) → frammento di vaso
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And potsherds are things with those Chinese laundry ticket scratches on them," added Tom.
IT was two o'clock when I returned to my lodgings; my dinner, just brought in from a neighbouring hotel, smoked on the table; I sat down thinking to eat--had the plate been heaped with potsherds and broken glass, instead of boiled beef and haricots, I could not have made a more signal failure: appetite had forsaken me.
Some potsherds and a small cylindrical structure with a hemispheric dome were discovered, but nothing threatened to delay construction.
Pieces of Neolithic crockery from Europe, the Middle East and North Africa dating back 9,000 years bear chemical traces of beeswax, according to an analysis of thousands of potsherds that appeared in Nature.
Archaeologist Patrick Kirch of the University of California, Berkeley says "more work is needed to determine whether potsherds at Wanelek were manufactured on the coast or the Bismarck islands and traded inland, or whether inland dwellers adopted the art of making pottery.
For instance, 'foodcrusts' scraped from three Neman Culture potsherds at the Rzucewo site (NE Poland) were dated to a period of 4400-4150 cal BC (Kabacinski et al.
It are so durable that potsherds are the most commonly-found material at archaeological sites and cultures are often defined and classified by the ceramics that they produce, whether elegant porcelain of the 18th Century or simple functional vessels from the Bronze Age.
As archaeologists collect potsherds and spear points, Marilyn Johnson became a collector of archaeologists, tracking them to Machu Picchu and to Fishkill, N.
To address this issue directly in north-eastern North America, one of the major centres for ceramic innovation on the continent, we conducted organic residue analysis on 169 potsherds (representing approximately 133 distinct vessels) from 33 early pottery sites encompassing a range of environmental and cultural contexts (Figure 1A) using well-established methods (see Technical Note).
In a series of case studies, Roger Bagnall examines material evidence for informal and ephemeral kinds of writing--the writing of everyday life: from contracts, official documents, and letters to graffiti and disposable texts on potsherds.
Stone arrowheads and spear points, potsherds from earthenware and ceramics, and countless other W artifacts of everyday life: these are at the core of archaeological research.
The site has yielded hundreds of terracotta coin moulds and crucibles from the last phase of the site and an interesting fact is that some potsherds are having glazed surfaces of primitive type over red ware pottery.