Ask Mr. Donn
Why is pottery important to an archaeologist?
In ancient times, pottery was easily made out of clay and other materials. Pottery was common, but it broke easily. When it did, it was usually thrown away. Sometimes the pottery was designed with scenes of daily life or of gods and goddesses or of special designs. Different pieces of pottery had different uses. Often a piece of pottery can tell an archaeologist a great deal about the culture who once used it. Why study pottery?