Schematic of pottery mending, showing order of sherd mending.
Correct order of sherd mending to avoid acute fit angles. Mending sherd B to sherd C first would make it difficult or impossible to fit sherd A. Instead, mend A to B, and then add C.

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Cordell, Ann S. and Lindsay Bloch
2019  A Guide to Pottery Reconstruction. Miscellaneous Project Report 69, Anthropology Division, Florida Museum of Natural History. Manuscript on file.