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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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  • Hoard of Electrum Coins: 18 Electrum Twelfth-Staters
    Hoard of Electrum Coins: 18 Electrum Twelfth-Staters

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 610-560 BC (Lydian)

    Eighteen electrum coins of twelfth-stater weight (Gordion inventory Nos. 1105-1122). Obverse: roaring lion head facing right. Reverse: single punch. Countermarks on Nos. 1105, 1120-1122. Weight 1.20 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.

  • Gold Croeseid Twelfth-Stater
    Gold Croeseid Twelfth-Stater

    Coin

    Gold

    Second quarter of sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Gold croeseid twelfth-stater. Obverse: confronted foreparts of lion and bull. Reverse: single incuse punch. Weight 0.88 g, diameter 7.2 mm.

  • 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).

  • Silver Croeseid Stater
    Silver Croeseid Stater

    Coin

    Silver

    Probably second quarter of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Silver croeseid stater. Obverse: confronted foreparts of lion and bull. Reverse: two incuse punches. Good condition, some wear. Weight 10.25 g, diameter 15 x 21 mm.

  • Silver Croeseid Twelfth-Stater
    Silver Croeseid Twelfth-Stater

    Coin

    Silver

    Second quarter of sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Silver croeseid twelfth-stater. Obverse: confronted foreparts of lion and bull. Reverse: single incuse punch. Weight 0.72 g, diameter 7.9 mm.

  • Silver Croeseid Twenty-Fourth Stater
    Silver Croeseid Twenty-Fourth Stater

    Coin

    Silver

    Second quarter of sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Silver croeseid twenty-fourth stater. Obverse: confronted foreparts of lion and bull. Reverse: one incuse punch. Weight 0.35 g, diameter 6.3 mm.

  • Hoard of Coins from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı: Two Silver Croeseid Half-Staters
    Hoard of Coins from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı: Two Silver Croeseid Half-Staters

    Coin

    Silver

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

    Two silver croeseid half-staters. Obverse: confronted foreparts of lion and bull. Reverse: two punches. Weight: no. 32.1: 5.20 g, “worn” (Robinson) / 5.10 g, “good condition” ...

  • Hoard of Coins from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı: Silver Persian Siglos
    Hoard of Coins from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı: Silver Persian Siglos

    Coin

    Silver

    Last quarter of the sixth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Silver siglos of Achaemenid type. Obverse: standing three-quarter-length figure of archer, facing right, wearing kidaris and kandys, holding bow and two arrows. Reverse: oblong punch. Diameter 0.014, weight 4.99 g; “worn+” (Robinson) / “good condi...

  • Hoard of Coins from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı: Three Silver Persian Sigloi
    Hoard of Coins from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı: Three Silver Persian Sigloi

    Coin

    Silver

    Last quarter of the sixth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Three silver sigloi of Achaemenid type. Obverse: kneeling or running figure of the Persian king, facing right, wearing kidaris and kandys, drawing his bow. Reverse: oblong punch. 2844: diameter 0.0155, weight 4.92 g (Robinson) / 4.93 g ...

  • Hoard of Coins from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı: 14 Silver Ionian Sixth-Staters (Hektai)
    Hoard of Coins from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı: 14 Silver Ionian Sixth-Staters (Hektai)

    Coin

    Silver

    Late sixth or early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Fourteen small silver sixth-stater coins. Obverse: female head facing left, wearing close-fitting cap held in place by band (or helmet?); circular earring. Reverse: single quadripartite incuse square. Diameter 0.009-0.0115; weight (2848-2861): 1.2...