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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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  • Lydion from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı
    Lydion from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 540-520 BC? (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Pottery lydion. Fairly tough fabric; micaceous clay. Decoration in white slip and dark slip with metallic sheen: dark slip on neck; white slip over which stripes in dark slip over shoulder to mid-body; dark slip streakily applied over lower body a...

  • Marble Naiskos of Cybele
    Marble Naiskos of Cybele

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    540-530 BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Block of white marble carved to represent a rectangular temple with goddess standing in front. The temple is represented by columns, one at each corner and one in the middle of each side and of the back; between columns are three registers of figu...

  • Marble Votive Stele Showing Artemis and Cybele
    Marble Votive Stele Showing Artemis and Cybele

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    Ca. 400 BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    White marble. Rectangular stele missing top. Raised borders representing the steps, antae, and pediment of a temple or naiskos frame, four figures in relief. Occupying more than two-thirds of the framed space at left and center are two female figu...

  • Stemmed Dish with Orientalizing Decoration: Potnia Theron
    Stemmed Dish with Orientalizing Decoration: Potnia Theron

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    600-570 BC (Lydian)

    Stem and foot missing. Clay pink-orange-brown, soft, micaceous, friable. Inside and outside, cream-buff slip over which a decoration in matte grey-sepia and shiny orange-brown slip. Inside, figural composition of which female (?) face, wings, hand...

  • Fragment of Inscribed Astragal Molding, from a Column of the Temple of Artemis at Sardis
    Fragment of Inscribed Astragal Molding, from a Column of the Temple of Artemis at Sardis

    Architecture, Inscription

    Marble, Stone

    Third century BC (Hellenistic)

    Marble astragal molding from the bottom of an Ionic column shaft, inscribed. The text preserves one complete word, “srkastulis,” and the beginning of a second, “sf[….” Preserved length 0.153 m, height 0.068 m.

  • Ritual Dinner Jug
    Ritual Dinner Jug

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 575-525 BC (Lydian)

    Intact except for small rim parts. Clay reddish-tan, micaceous, friable. Outside, highly micaceous yellowish slip. Height (without handle) 0.1245 m, maximum diameter 0.102 m. Volume capacity to lip 1310 cc.

  • Ritual Dinner Oinochoe
    Ritual Dinner Oinochoe

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 575-525 BC (Lydian)

    Intact. Clay reddish-tan, micaceous. Inside around rim and outside over upper body and handle, mottled reddish-to-dark-sepia slip. Height (without handle) 0.10 m, maximum diameter 0.089 m.

  • Ritual Dinner Skyphos
    Ritual Dinner Skyphos

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 575-525 BC (Lydian)

    Intact. Clay reddish-tan, micaceous. Inside, reddish slip; outside except for reserve handle zone and underside of foot, streaky reddish-to-sepia slip. Height 0.0965 m; diameter of rim 0.096-097 m.

  • Ritual Dinner Dish
    Ritual Dinner Dish

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 575-525 BC (Lydian)

    Intact. Clay reddish-tan, micaceous. Inside and outside around rim in even zone and on lower body and foot, reddish slip over which narrow bands of black slip as follows: at center of bowl, spiral of seven-to-eight turns; at juncture of bowl and l...

  • Ritual Dinner Jug
    Ritual Dinner Jug

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 575-525 BC (Lydian)

    Intact. Clay reddish-tan, micaceous. Inside around rim and outside, highly micaceous yellowish slip. Height (without handle) 0.151 m, diameter of rim 0.116 m. Volume capacity to lip 1670 cc.

  • Ritual Dinner Oinochoe
    Ritual Dinner Oinochoe

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 575-525 BC (Lydian)

    Intact. Clay reddish-tan, micaceous. Inside around top of rim, across handle outer surface, outside on neck and body, bands in reddish slip. Height (without handle) 0.103 m, maximum diameter 0.094 m. Volume capacity to lip 270 cc.

  • Ritual Dinner Skyphos
    Ritual Dinner Skyphos

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 575-525 BC (Lydian)

    Broken, complete. Clay reddish-tan, micaceous. Inside and outside, except for reserve handle zone and underside of foot, reddish slip. Height 0.083 m, diameter of rim 0.095 m. Volume capacity to lip 380 cc.