Imagine you are an artist who designs and decorates pottery for people in your community. Your next assignment is to decorate a flowerpot.
When archaeologists find pieces of artifacts at a site, how do they know which ones
When archaeologists find pieces of pottery, they’re faced with some big challenges:
they have no idea what the original object looked like, the pieces may be mixed in
with pieces of other artifacts, and several pieces might be missing. See how you do
with these challenges:
Decorate two flowerpots. Then, break them in the pillowcase, and try to put them
back together. Is it harder to do it this time? Why?
Ask a friend to decorate a flowerpot with designs and then break it in a pillowcase.
Then, decorate another pot yourself and break it in another pillowcase. Now switch
pillowcases, and try to put each other’s pieces back together. Does it take longer?
Can you figure out what the designs are?
By yourself, or with a friend, decorate flowerpots and break them. This time,
remove a few pieces from the pillowcase and put them aside. Then try to put the
rest of the pieces together without the missing pieces. How does this change the