Barbara Mertz is not a pot head

It’s a rare pleasure to recommend a nonfiction book based on the quality of its prose and the author’s sense of humor.

Here’s Barbara Mertz’s introduction to the topic of potsherds:

I have never been able to decide which is duller, flints or pottery; but I distinctly remember the appalling blankness that used to seize my mind when I was asked to identify bits of pottery during an examination. Probably this attests to my underdeveloped imagination, for pottery has been one of the most useful tools of the archaeologist.

Temples, Tombs, and Hieroglyphs: A Popular History of Ancient Egypt


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