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This area allows you to search for and learn about artifacts published by the Sardis Expedition. Currently (2017) the database consists of artifacts in the exhibition and catalog “The Lydians and Their World” (Yapı Kredi Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul, 2010). In coming months we intend to add objects from all Sardis Reports and Monographs.

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The stratigraphic contexts (findspots) of artifacts from Sardis are recorded at different levels of specificity. Sector is the most general, referring to a broad area of the city. Trenches are yearly excavation areas (in current usage) or more specific areas of sectors (in early records which used a different excavation system). A Locus is a single stratigraphic unit, i.e. a single deposit of soil, a destruction level, a grave, a dump or other deposit. For instance, MMS-I 84.1 Locus 34 is the destruction level from a Lydian house just inside the fortification wall in sector MMS, containing a rich deposit of Lydian pottery and other artifacts. Note that loci can be continued over a number of years, and so belong to different trenches, if the same stratigraphic unit is excavated over a number of years. For a list of sectors see Hanfmann and Waldbaum, A Survey of Sardis and the Major Monuments Outside the City Walls (Sardis R1, 1975), 13-16.

The stratigraphic contexts (findspots) of artifacts from Sardis are recorded at different levels of specificity. Sector is the most general, referring to a broad area of the city. Trenches are yearly excavation areas (in current usage) or more specific areas of sectors (in early records which used a different excavation system). A Locus is a single stratigraphic unit, i.e. a single deposit of soil, a destruction level, a grave, a dump or other deposit. For instance, MMS-I 84.1 Locus 34 is the destruction level from a Lydian house just inside the fortification wall in sector MMS, containing a rich deposit of Lydian pottery and other artifacts. Note that loci can be continued over a number of years, and so belong to different trenches, if the same stratigraphic unit is excavated over a number of years. For a list of sectors see Hanfmann and Waldbaum, A Survey of Sardis and the Major Monuments Outside the City Walls (Sardis R1, 1975), 13-16.

The stratigraphic contexts (findspots) of artifacts from Sardis are recorded at different levels of specificity. Sector is the most general, referring to a broad area of the city. Trenches are yearly excavation areas (in current usage) or more specific areas of sectors (in early records which used a different excavation system). A Locus is a single stratigraphic unit, i.e. a single deposit of soil, a destruction level, a grave, a dump or other deposit. For instance, MMS-I 84.1 Locus 34 is the destruction level from a Lydian house just inside the fortification wall in sector MMS, containing a rich deposit of Lydian pottery and other artifacts. Note that loci can be continued over a number of years, and so belong to different trenches, if the same stratigraphic unit is excavated over a number of years. For a list of sectors see Hanfmann and Waldbaum, A Survey of Sardis and the Major Monuments Outside the City Walls (Sardis R1, 1975), 13-16.

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  • Electrum Twelfth-Stater with Lydian Inscription “walwet”
    Electrum Twelfth-Stater with Lydian Inscription “walwet”

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 630-575 BC (Lydian)

    Electrum coin of twelfth-stater weight. Obverse: Roaring lion head facing right. Along right side of coin, three Lydian letters, “...WET.” Reverse: single punch. Diameter 0.007; weight 1.19 g.

  • Electrum Third-Stater
    Electrum Third-Stater

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 630-560 BC (Lydian)

    Electrum coin, of one-third stater weight. Obverse: roaring lion head facing right. Reverse: two incuse punches. Weight: 4.71 g.

  • Electrum Third-Stater
    Electrum Third-Stater

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 630-560 BC (Lydian)

    Electrum coin, of one-third stater weight. Obverse: roaring lion head facing right. Reverse: two incuse punches. Diameter 11-13 mm, weight: 4.75 g.

  • From Hoard of 30 Coins: Two Gold Croeseid Staters
    From Hoard of 30 Coins: Two Gold Croeseid Staters

    Coin

    Gold

    Second quarter of sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Two gold croeseid staters. Obverse: confronted foreparts of lion and bull. Reverse: two incuse punches. Weight: 8.06 g (IAM 8947), 8.04 g (IAM 8948).

  • Ivory Head
    Ivory Head

    Bone and Ivory, Sculpture

    Ivory

    Sixth century BC (Lydian)

    “Above the forehead and back of the head are flat surfaces…On each cheek is a horizontal crescent-shaped depression, and below the lower lip is still another depression.…The ears are large and fully modeled. Attached to each is a large circular ea...

  • Pair of fluted gold earrings
    Pair of fluted gold earrings

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    First half of the fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Two almost circular gold earrings. “The body is hollow and nearly cylindrical in cross section. The outer portion has a rounded profile, with 38 radiating ribs. The inner section is undecorated and terminates in a sharp edge within. On each of the...

  • Rock crystal pendant with lion’s-head gold mount
    Rock crystal pendant with lion’s-head gold mount

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold, Stone

    First half of the fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    “Pendant (or possibly an ear-ring) of rock crystal, with a gold cap that terminates in a lion’s head holding a ring for suspension in its mouth. The ring is large and is made of a circle of heavy wire, with a beaded ring on either side. At the bas...

  • Conical chalcedony stamp seal
    Conical chalcedony stamp seal

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Chalcedony, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Small chalcedony pyramidal stamp seal, missing any mounting. The sealing surface is carved in intaglio with a heroic combat scene: The hero stands at right on a groundline, wearing Persian court robe and a crenellated crown, holding a short sword ...

  • Weight-shaped seal
    Weight-shaped seal

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Agate, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Agate (?) weight-shaped seal, perforated but missing its mounting. The bottom surface is carved in intaglio with a figure wearing Persian court garb and a crenellated crown sitting on a throne, with an elaborate stretcher between the legs and a cu...

  • Weight-shaped seal with silver mounting
    Weight-shaped seal with silver mounting

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Silver, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    “Agate (?) weight-shaped seal, with corroded silver mounting of heavy wire forming a large ring (1.1 cm outside diameter) from which extend two wires clasping the sides of the stone and terminating in thickened swellings at the point where a pin r...

  • Gold seal ring
    Gold seal ring

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Gold

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    “Gold seal ring with diamond-shaped gold bezel, with no separation between bezel and ring. The bezel is carved in intaglio, with an open-mouthed lion walking right, its tail curled up over its back. In front of the lion is a circle with two curved...

  • Gold seal ring
    Gold seal ring

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Gold

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Gold seal ring with a heavy hoop, much thicker at the ends, where it joins the broad, flat, oval gold bezel. The bezel is carved in intaglio with an open-mouthed lion walking right on a ground line, its tail extending behind with the end bent up a...