Pottery retrieved from the institute's
excavations is brought back to our 000 m2 restoration lab at Tel Aviv
University. Of course, not all the potsherds we dig up find their way
to the table. Each expedition's staff selects material from contexts where
it seems clear that complete vessels can be put together. These are the
pots that reach museum vitrines and popular magazines. But restoration
is not only about restoring pottery for display; it's also about tracing
depositional processes-how and where the broken sherds moved after breakage.
This can provide important information about the settlement's history.
Over the past year pottery from Megiddo, Jaffa, Beth Shemesh and Wadi
Ara has been processed in the lab.