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The pottery that we find on site is very important.  It can tell us about the date of tomb, what the kinds of shapes were common, and sometimes something about the person buried there.  We can also do tests on some pots to try and figure out what was once inside them. 

When we find broken pottery (called "sherds") in the tomb, we collect it carefully so that it does not break more, and then we label it.  We write down what day and where we found it.  This will help us later as we try to figure out if any sherds fit together.

Every afternoon, the broken pottery is washed in water, and left out to dry in the sun.  The next day, the directors look at the sherds and write down basic information about them.

When the sherds come to the Nemea Archaeological Museum, we put different numbers to each one, we look for places where the sherds might join, and we try to figure out the shape of the wholoe pot. 

When we find a whole pot in the tomb, we very carefully take it out so that it does not break. See how we do it.

The conservator washes the pot, and then it is drawn and studied.



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