The Importance of Shards Part 2

Hi everybody.

Today, I was doing a bit of digging in my allotment and, as usual, amongst the soil were pottery shards, small bits of broken pottery. This is what you always see dug up on any archaeological excavation programs, because pottery is so long lasting and indestructible, once it’s been glazed. They are important remnants and can provide clues to the cultural and technological movements taking place in ancient times. Archaeologists commonly use pottery shards to date sites, learn about their technology and even learn more about what people were eating at the time.  Pieces of pottery have been found in China that date back about 20,000 years and in Scotland a shard of pottery, dated about 3000 BC, was found was found to have the potter’s fingerprint on it!

However, my shards from my allotment are not that ancient, but still often fifty to a hundred years old. I tend to put them in a jar and use them at a later date to create wonderfully coloured mosaics. I also noticed while doing a little bit of research on pottery shards that they have even found a place in the popular online game Minecraft, where you can collect them and make unique decorative pots.

Where will your pots end up being found in the future? What will the archaeologists of the future learn from them? Food for thought.

Barry