Petrie and Pottery

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"The whole ground was thick with...pottery, and it seemed almost a sacrilege to walk over the heaps with the fine lustrous black ware crunching beneath one's boots...It seemed as if I was wandering in the smashings of the Museum vase-rooms...Very precious was this rubbish to me, layer under layer of broken vases, from the innumerable small bowls to the great craters of noble size and design; and most precious of all were the hundreds of dedications inscribed on the pottery...altogether far outnumbering all our past material for the archaic alphabets."

William Flinders Petrie
Ten Years' Digging in Egypt

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