An ostracon (pl. ostraca) is a fragment of a pot. As pots were fragile and in everyday use such fragments were readily available and cheap. They were used in antiquity as a writing surface. Letters, notes, receipts, school exercises etc. written on ostraca have been found, in particular reports of a military governor at Lachish in the time of Jeremiah have survived in this form.
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