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1 A fragment of soft stone or pottery bearing jottings or a writing exercise.

2 In classical Greek times a potsherd used as a voting paper. One particular ceremony was the practice of ostrakismos, where each citizen could write on a potsherd the name of someone whom they wished to see banished. If sufficient votes were cast against the person they would be banished for ten years.

Subjects: Archaeology — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

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