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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 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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  • Sling bullet of Tissaphernes
    Sling bullet of Tissaphernes

    LATW Cat. 215

    Metalwork

    Lead

    401-395 BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Lead, of almond shape. On the longitudinal center of one side, a text of eight legible raised letters in Greek gives ΤΙCCΑΦΕΡ.Ε... Length 36 mm, weight 40.423 g.

  • Hellenistic white-slipped relief-ware lidded jar
    Hellenistic white-slipped relief-ware lidded jar

    LATW Cat. 216

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Late Hellenistic (Hellenistic)

    Pottery, broken, mended, partly restored. The finial of the lid has a central opening. One body handle missing and restored. Body is partly mold-made. White slip on exterior surfaces, over which decoration in reddish-orange to dark-sepia slip. On eit...

  • Hellenistic black-glaze amphora
    Hellenistic black-glaze amphora

    LATW Cat. 217

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Late Hellenistic (Hellenistic)

    Pottery, broken, mended, partly restored. Handles in the form of standing ithyphallic satyrs (facing outward, i.e. away from the vase). On the lower body, below each handle, a spout in the form of a mask or lion head. On exterior and interior of neck...

  • Hellenistic lamp
    Hellenistic lamp

    LATW Cat. 218

    Lamp

    Ceramic

    Second to early first century BC (Hellenistic)

    Hellenistic ceramic mold-made lamp. Wheel-made body, concave discus with large central hole, three smaller holes around, probably to allow air to escape while filling the lamp. Handle broken; two knobs on sides of lamp. Flaring nozzle. Thin matte gra...

  • Marble head of bearded man
    Marble head of bearded man

    LATW Cat. 219

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    Third to fifth century AD (Late Roman)

    Head broken at neck. Framing the forehead “are three separate masses of hair…one in the center made up of two separate tiers, and two at the sides.…The forehead is plastically modeled with two horizontal bony masses.…Upon the surface are incised hori...

  • “Asia Minor Light-Colored Ware” plate with cross
    “Asia Minor Light-Colored Ware” plate with cross

    LATW Cat. 220

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Sixth - early seventh century (Late Roman)

    Small plate. High ring foot, sharply carinated shallow body. Decorated in champlevé technique, with cross within decorative bands. The carved decoration is notably off-center. Diameter 0.13 m, height 0.035 m.

  • Flask
    Flask

    LATW Cat. 221

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Late fifth to sixth century (Late Roman)

    Large lentoid flask. Two handles from shoulder to neck. Mold made in two pieces; wheel-made neck and handles added separately. Decoration in relief on two sides. Side A: cross within circle, with two hares below, one resting forelegs on cross, the ot...

  • Incense shovel with cross
    Incense shovel with cross

    LATW Cat. 222

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    Fifth to seventh century (Late Roman)

    Rectangular bronze scoop, with socket on back for a handle. On the sides are two dolphins with arching tails attached to the scoop by rods round in section. Rising from the tails of the dolphins is an arch framing a cross, forming the back of the sco...

  • Bronze lamp in form of lion
    Bronze lamp in form of lion

    LATW Cat. 223

    Metalwork, Lamp

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    Fifth to seventh century (Late Roman)

    Lamp in the form of a lion, striding forward and holding a shell-shaped spout in his open mouth. A hole at the top of the mane, covered by a separately made hinged lid, allowed the lamp to be filled. A ring and loop just in front of the filling hole ...

  • Two bronze lions’-head-shaped handle attachments
    Two bronze lions’-head-shaped handle attachments

    LATW Cat. 224

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    Fifth to seventh century, with early seventh century context suggesting sixth to seventh century (Late Roman)

    Two small, nearly identical lion’s heads, with flat backs for attachments to some other object, such as a chest or piece of furniture. The heads are simply rendered, with round ears, long muzzles, and open mouths that may have held ring handles. Rath...

  • Yellow glazed incised sgraffito bowl
    Yellow glazed incised sgraffito bowl

    LATW Cat. 225

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Thirteenth century AD (Byzantine)

    Fragments from the center of a bowl with ring foot, about two-thirds complete. Interior, dark yellow glaze with incised sgraffito decoration in dark brown, showing three lanceolate leaves, connected by their stems.

  • Cream glazed fine sgraffito bowl
    Cream glazed fine sgraffito bowl

    LATW Cat. 226

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Twelfth century AD (Byzantine)

    Fragments from the center of a bowl. Interior, pale yellow glaze with fine sgraffito decoration in brown. Surrounding a plain center is a border, framed by two narrow bands, which features a pattern of two continuous curvilinear ribbons, one of swage...