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Finds include jars, cup-bowls, kraters, bottles, ossuaries, churns, figurines, lamps, handles with seal impressions, ostracons, jugs, amphoras, sigillatas, pithoi, plates and more, dating from Pottery Neolithic (5,500 BCE) to the Late Islamic Period (16th century CE).

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Conservation in the laboratories of the Israel Antiquities Authority is performed according to accepted international conservation guidelines, using specially approved materials that have passed specific testing.

The rule of thumb guiding all conservation efforts by the Israel Antiquities Authority is: the less intervention the better.

The collection of more than 55,000 complete objects is exceptional since all of the objects housed, displayed and treated in the laboratories are found in excavations in Israel and are recorded in their archaeological context, offering us a wealth of information which otherwise would have been lost.

The pottery of the Land of Israel significantly impacts historical studies throughout the Levant.

During the initial sorting of the material from the excavation, the conservator cleans and sorts the thousands of pottery shards into groups of specific vessels according to their color, creating piles of shards which will later be attached and glued to create a standalone pottery vessel.

Missing parts will sometimes be reconstructed using Plaster of Paris which is clearly identifiable.

Therefore, the erosion process affects pottery less than other materials, making pottery objects the most common finds in every archaeological excavation.

As pottery typology is a major factor in determining chronological sequences, and Israel remains the most heavily excavated country in the world with a well developed ceramic corpus, the pottery collection has significant impact on archaeological and historical studies throughout the Levant.

Shira Faigenbaum-Golovin, who also worked on the study, said: 'The content of the reverse side implies it is a continuation of the text on the front side.'As well as finding the writing on the back of the shard, the new scanning technique shed more light on the writing on the front.

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