|One of the most resilient objects commonly found at many archaeological sites consist of pottery or pottery fragments. Highly resistant to processes that can quickly destroy other finds, pieces of pottery can often be found during excavations and are useful even if no fully intact pottery remains. It is these fragments that are commonly referred to as sherds.
What use is a fragment of pottery? Among other things, pottery styles are commonly used to determine approximate dates of a site. The most useful sherds are called diagnostic sherds - key fragments of areas such as the base or rim that can be used to identify the style of the original object.
Into Archaeology Sherd
Each week Into Archaeology provides a new sherd, or a piece of a relevant archaeology topic, excavated from the Internet. These pieces will lead you to places where you can learn more about each sherd.
Past sherds are stored for you to explore past findings and topics of interest.