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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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  • Gold seal ring
    Gold seal ring

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Gold

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Gold seal ring, with carnelian scarab mounted on a swivel. The hoop is of 1.5-mm wire. Thinner wire runs through a hole drilled through the scarab, then passes through perforations in the ends of the hoop wire and wraps six times around the hoop w...

  • Gold seal ring
    Gold seal ring

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Gold

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Gold seal ring, with carnelian scarab mounted on a swivel. Thin wire runs through a hole drilled through the scarab, then passes through perforations in the ends of the hoop wire and wraps six times around the hoop wire on each side. The scarab is...

  • Gold seal ring with carnelian scarab
    Gold seal ring with carnelian scarab

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Gold, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Gold seal ring, with carnelian scarab mounted on a swivel. The hoop is made of gold wire in the form of a horseshoe that terminates in hemispherical knobs. A pin running through the scarab is riveted to the knobs on either side. The scarab is deli...

  • Silver ring with sealstone
    Silver ring with sealstone

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Silver

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Very heavy silver ring of horseshoe shape with an oval hematite (?) intaglio mounted on a swivel. A silver wire passes through the stone and the thickened ends of the hoop and is wrapped twice on each side. It has a rounded top and flat oval base ...

  • Cylinder seal
    Cylinder seal

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Agate, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Agate cylinder seal in a gold mounting consisting of a pin held in place by two gold plates, with a gold loop on top set with granulations. The seal shows a crowned hero-king figure controlling two rampant lion-griffins, with two winged, crowned s...

  • Pyramidal stamp seal with gold mounting
    Pyramidal stamp seal with gold mounting

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Gold, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    “Chalcedony pyramidal stamp seal with gold mounting. The mounting is a gold strip terminating on either side with a carefully executed duck’s head with a long broad bill; the ducks’ eyes are shown, and the feathers on the backs of their heads are ...

  • Pyramidal stamp seal with silver mounting
    Pyramidal stamp seal with silver mounting

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Silver, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Chalcedony pyramidal stamp seal, with silver mounting consisting of a flat band with simplified ducks’ bills holding the pin. A rounded silver band forms the suspension. The flat sealing surface is carved in intaglio, with a scene of heroic contro...

  • Pyramidal stamp seal with silver mounting
    Pyramidal stamp seal with silver mounting

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Silver, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    “Blue chalcedony pyramidal stamp seal, with a portion of a silver mounting consisting of a flat silver strip and the pin running through the stone. The flat sealing surface is carved in intaglio, with a winged, horned lion-griffin walking right on...

  • Pyramidal stamp seal with silver mounting
    Pyramidal stamp seal with silver mounting

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Silver, Stone

    (Late Lydian (Persian))

    “Chalcedony pyramidal stamp seal, with corroded silver mounting consisting of a flat band with simplified ducks’ bills holding the pin. The sealing surface is carved in intaglio, with an open-mouthed lion-griffin walking right” (Dusinberre). Total...

  • Bronze mirror
    Bronze mirror

    Metalwork

    Bronze

    Early fifth century BC? (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Large bronze mirror. Circular disk with reflecting surfaces on both sides; the surfaces are slightly convex, so the image would be smaller than natural. Border is decorated with geometric designs (on one side, guilloche and triangles; on the other...

  • Gold rattle
    Gold rattle

    Metalwork

    Gold

    Early fifth century BC? (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Hollow gold spool-shaped rattle. Cylinder, concave in profile, capped at either end by slightly convex disks. Disks are decorated with concentric circles of fine gold wire. A narrow gold cylinder forms a central tube, opening through holes in the ...

  • Electrum earring with double-axe decoration
    Electrum earring with double-axe decoration

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Electrum

    Second half of the 7th or beginning of the 6th century BC (Lydian)

    Electrum boat-shaped earring, decorated with beaded wire along sides, with four groups of three wires, crimped to resemble granulation, dividing the exterior into three panels. In panels, double-axes decorated with granulation. One double-axe miss...