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This area allows you to search for and learn about artifacts published by the Sardis Expedition. Currently (2020) the database consists of artifacts in the exhibition and catalog “The Lydians and Their World” (Yapı Kredi Vedat Nedim Tör Museum, Istanbul, 2010) and Jane Evans, Coins from the Excavations at Sardis: Their Archaeological and Economic Contexts. Coins from the 1973 to 2013 Excavations. In coming years we intend to add objects from other Sardis Reports and Monographs.

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Select an object type from the list below. Certain object types (including architectural terracottas, coins, pottery, sculpture) include subtypes (shape and ware of pottery, denomination and mint of coins) to refine your search.

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Select a Sardis CATNUM from the list below. CATNUM is made up from object type, year, and sequential number. BI = Bone Implement; G = Glass; J = Jewelry; L = Lamp; M = Metal; NoEx = not excavated; Org = Organic; P = Pottery; S = Sculpture. Coins are numbered with the year of discovery and a running number, or year, C, and a running number. Currently (Feb. 2020) this doesn't give a complete list, only the first 99 entries; to find a specific CATNUM, please use the full-text search at the top of the page.

Select a historical period from the (alphabetical) list below. Note that periods are defined culturally rather than politically, so Lydian (rather than Archaic) refers to the period ca. 800 BC - ca. 547 BC; Late Lydian or Persian (rather than Late Archaic or Classical) from ca. 547 until ca. 330 BC; Hellenistic until the earthquake of 17 AD; Roman and Late Roman continue until the early 7th century AD, except for coins where, as traditional, Prof. Evans begins the Byzantine period in the 6th century.

Select a publication name from the list below. LATW = Lydians and Their World (2010). R2 = Hanfmann and Ramage, Sculpture from Sardis (1978). M10 = Schaeffer, Ramage, and Greenewalt, The Corinthian, Attic, and Pottery from Sardis (1997). M13 = Evans, Coins from the Excavations at Sardis, 1973-2013 (2018). M14 = Petzl, Sardis: Greek and Latin Inscriptions, Part II (2019).

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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 one room of 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. Currently (2020) in order to search for a specific locus, you must search for Trench first to narrow the results, and then search within that for the locus. Sorry.

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 one room of 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. Currently (2020) in order to search for a specific locus, you must search for Trench first to narrow the results, and then search within that for the locus. Sorry.

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 one room of 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. Currently (2020) in order to search for a specific locus, you must search for Trench first to narrow the results, and then search within that for the locus. Sorry.

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  • Achaemenid bowl
    Achaemenid bowl

    LATW Cat. 189

    Metalwork

    Silver

    Probably early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Silver Achaemenid bowl, with flaring offset lip, shallow body, no omphalos. Lower body finely decorated with pointed flutes; shoulder decorated with pendant tongues. Rosette decoration in center. Height 0.053 m, diameter 0.125 m.

  • Achaemenid bowl
    Achaemenid bowl

    LATW Cat. 190

    Metalwork

    Silver

    Probably early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Undecorated silver Achaemenid bowl, with flaring rim, shallow body, central omphalos. Height 0.062 m, diameter 0.133 m.

  • Silver kyathos
    Silver kyathos

    LATW Cat. 191

    Metalwork

    Silver

    Probably early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Silver ladle (kyathos), with shallow bowl, long handle terminating in a loop that ends in a calf’s head.

  • Silver bracelet
    Silver bracelet

    LATW Cat. 192

    Metalwork, Jewelry and Ornaments

    Silver

    Probably early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Silver bracelet or armlet with open ends terminating in calves’ heads facing one another. Diameter 0.061 m, thickness of ring 0.004 m.

  • Silver bracelet
    Silver bracelet

    LATW Cat. 193

    Metalwork, Jewelry and Ornaments

    Silver

    Probably early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Silver bracelet with open ends terminating in calves’ heads facing one another. Diameter 0.061 m, thickness of ring 0.004 m.

  • Gold recumbent lamb
    Gold recumbent lamb

    LATW Cat. 194

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

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

    The ram is shown lying left with head facing. The body is stamped with dot-in-circles. Divided hoofs and their differentiation from lower legs are articulated by indentations. A row of granulation granules or beaded wire encircles the base. Height 2....

  • Gold seal ring with stone bezel
    Gold seal ring with stone bezel

    LATW Cat. 195

    Jewelry and Ornaments, Seal

    Gold, Stone

    Probably early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Gold and carnelian (?). The hoop of the ring is round in section and uniform in diameter, and terminates in two lions’ heads with collars. Each collar is formed of a pair of thick gold wires framing a row of large granulation granules. The lions’ hea...

  • Core-formed glass oinochoe
    Core-formed glass oinochoe

    LATW Cat. 196

    Glass

    Glass

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

    Oinochoe of core-formed and trail-decorated translucent dark-blue glass. Flat disc foot, partially missing, shows trail decoration in light blue. Ovoid body, short neck, rounded rim pinched into trefoil mouth with applied trail of light-blue glass on...

  • Glass alabastron
    Glass alabastron

    LATW Cat. 197

    Glass

    Glass

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

    Alabastron of core-formed and trail-decorated translucent dark blue glass. Rounded bottom with slight depression; elongated ovoid body; short neck; horizontal rim with applied trail of opaque yellow glass. Two “duck’s head” handles applied on shoulde...

  • Glass aryballos
    Glass aryballos

    LATW Cat. 198

    Glass

    Glass

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

    Aryballos of core-formed and trail-decorated translucent dark blue glass. Round body; short neck, horizontal rim with applied trail of opaque yellow glass. Two handles applied on shoulder; one pale blue, the other yellow, with holes on top for string...

  • Glass aryballos
    Glass aryballos

    LATW Cat. 199

    Glass

    Glass

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

    Aryballos of core-formed and trail-decorated translucent dark-blue glass. Round body; short neck, broken; top missing. One of two applied handles preserved in its entirety. Both should have gone vertically from neck to shoulder of vessel. One preserv...

  • Attic red-figured askos
    Attic red-figured askos

    LATW Cat. 200

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Late fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Red-figured shallow askos. Disc foot, slightly projecting from body wall. Low body with shallow dome shape. Flaring spout; outturned rim with rounded lip. Handle from under rim to other side of body. Decoration on upper part of body. On one side, spo...