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Cutting a Pottery Sherd - 18701 Bytes

Richard Fazzini of the Brooklyn Museum of Art looks on as Betsy Bryan, whom he has just instructed in the use of the lapidary saw for pottery cutting, begins to cut a sherd in half. Proper safety equipment is essential, as is an apron since the sherds are wetted as the saw turns.

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A rim sherd has been cut in half, allowing us to take a straight profile and trace around it on a piece of paper. This allows drawing of diagnostic sherds at a rapid rate.

Identifying a Diagnostic Sherd - 18467 Bytes

J.J. Shirley helps Fatma Esmail identify a diagnostic sherd during the afternoon pottery session.

Filling Out Coding Forms - 28650 Bytes

Yasmin el-Shazly filling out a pottery coding form that identifies the types of ware we have excavated.

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