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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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  • Pale Green Glazed fine sgraffito dish
    Pale Green Glazed fine sgraffito dish

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Twelfth to thirteenth centuries AD (Byzantine)

    Fragmentary bowl. Interior, cream glaze with green-brown sgraffito decoration. A central disk features a cross with arms each terminating in a lily, and with intervals filled with fleurs-de-lis pointing inward and spaces filled with dark brown. At...

  • Fragment of Iznik II bowl
    Fragment of Iznik II bowl

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 1540-1560 AD (Islamic)

    Dish with low, flaring foot ring, shallow, concave sides, and flange rim. Body of hard, rather coarse white (Munsell 5Y 8/1) clay with thin, white slip on both interior and exterior. Design underglaze painted in sage green, azure, and turquoise, w...

  • Fragment of “Miletus Ware” bowl
    Fragment of “Miletus Ware” bowl

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Late-fourteenth or fifteenth century AD (Islamic)

    Fragment of thickly potted “Miletus” ware bowl with low, flaring foot ring and high, concave sides; rim missing. Body of coarse, porous, pink (Munsell 7.5YR 7/4) earthenware with white slip on interior and on exterior to two cm. above the foot rin...

  • Dark glaze sgraffito bowl
    Dark glaze sgraffito bowl

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Probably fourteenth or fifteenth century AD (Islamic)

    Largely complete high-footed small bowl. Earthenware darkened from reducing atmosphere in kiln or accidental burning. Slip now dark grey. Inside, incised patterns: from center, a six-armed cross with double half rosettes between arms, all inscribe...

  • Fragment of glazed sgraffito bowl
    Fragment of glazed sgraffito bowl

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Probably fourteenth or fifteenth century AD (Islamic)

    Large fragment of thickly potted, color splashed sgraffito bowl with low, flaring foot ring, deep, concave sides, and everted rim. Body of porous, coarse, fairly hard, yellowish red (Munsell 5YR 5/6) earthenware. Slipped on both interior and exter...

  • Gold glaze sgraffito bowl
    Gold glaze sgraffito bowl

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Probably fifteenth century AD (Islamic)

    Fragments of base, side and rim of gold glazed sgraffito bowl; of which only center parts are displayed in this Exhibition. Body of porous, red earthenware slipped white on the interior. Slip incised with pattern of large bud-like forms or abstrac...