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Egyptian Gallery: Pottery
Pottery is among the most enduring materials from the ancient world. Because it does not decay, it leaves a nearly permanent record of a commonly used item. It is also very important because, just as today, pottery styles in the ancient world changed dramatically over time, allowing archaeologists to date sites by the style of their pottery. This alcove has examples of pottery from the Old Kingdom through the New Kingdoms, with special emphasis upon the regional styles characteristic of the First and Second Intermediate Periods. The large model in the alcove on the right represents a house of a nobleman. It is based on a house excavated at Tell el Amarna.
Revised: February 19, 2007