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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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  • Ritual Dinner Dish
    Ritual Dinner Dish

    LATW Cat. 45

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 575-525 BC (Lydian)

    Missing part of rim, all of central zone, and foot; about one-fourth to one-third complete. Clay reddish-tan, micaceous, friable. Inside, on rim, and outside around rim, reddish slip over which decoration in black slip as follows: inside, three (spac...

  • Ritual Dinner Iron Knife
    Ritual Dinner Iron Knife

    LATW Cat. 46

    Metalwork

    Iron

    Ca. 575-525 BC (Lydian)

    Iron. Blade and tang. Stoney accretions on blade. On tang, orange powdery substance with wood-like grain.

  • Ritual Dinner immature canid bones
    Ritual Dinner immature canid bones

    LATW Cat. 47

    Miscellaneous

    Bone

    Ca. 575-525 BC (Lydian)

    “skeleton…almost complete. Missing (in 1974 examination by Fitzgerald and Trum) lumbar, sacral and some caudal vertebrae (three of the last present); some carpals, metacarpals, tarsals, metatarsals; portions of skull (no sagittal crest); baculum. Dec...

  • Bridle attachment (?) in the form of a boar
    Bridle attachment (?) in the form of a boar

    LATW Cat. 48

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    Ca. 580-540 BC (Lydian)

    Bronze, with dull green patina. Solid-cast, with incised lines and indented dots added after casting. The front side shows recumbent boar to right, with jaw resting on lower foreleg, body resting on lower hind leg; tail across haunch, with long termi...

  • Bridle attachment (?) in the form of a wild goat, unfinished
    Bridle attachment (?) in the form of a wild goat, unfinished

    LATW Cat. 49

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    Ca. 580-540 BC (Lydian)

    Bronze (for the composition, Waldbaum 1983b, 67), with many surface pocks of irregular form. Solid cast. The front side shows recumbent wild goat to left, with head reversed, beard curving forward over back and upper haunch, and legs folded underneat...

  • Bridle ornament in the form of a raptor head
    Bridle ornament in the form of a raptor head

    LATW Cat. 50

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy, Lead

    Late seventh to early sixth centuries BC (Lydian)

    Bronze, with a filling of lead. The ornament features a raptor “head with solid curved beak and hollow neck forming base. The round eyes are in relief; pupil and beak defined by incision. The neck is pierced laterally by four circular openings; a fif...

  • Bronze strap crossing
    Bronze strap crossing

    LATW Cat. 51

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    Second quarter to middle of the 6th century BC (Lydian)

    Round bronze object consisting of slightly tapering cylinder pierced at four quadrants and at bottom, crowned by cloverleaf-like disk, with its notches directly over the holes. Complete; corroded; lump of iron corroded to interior. Height 0.011, diam...

  • Ivory Head
    Ivory Head

    LATW Cat. 52

    Bone and Ivory, Sculpture

    Ivory

    Sixth century BC (Lydian)

    “Above the forehead and back of the head are flat surfaces…On each cheek is a horizontal crescent-shaped depression, and below the lower lip is still another depression.…The ears are large and fully modeled. Attached to each is a large circular ear-r...

  • Ivory head of deer
    Ivory head of deer

    LATW Cat. 53

    Bone and Ivory

    Ivory

    Ca. 640-625 BC (Lydian)

    Ivory, broken at bottom and left top. The front surface shows parts of a deer, to left: head, upper neck, posterior antler, and the upper part of its rump. The eye is defined by an incised circle and dot, and has an incised duct; the end of the nose ...

  • Bone appliqué, decorated with curled animal
    Bone appliqué, decorated with curled animal

    LATW Cat. 54

    Bone and Ivory

    Bone

    Ca. 650 BC (Lydian)

    Bone plaque of irregular round shape. The front side has an arcuated profile and shows a curled animal with round eye and ear that extend beyond the round outline. The eye has an inner incised circle and central dot; the ear has a triangular cut at i...

  • Bone inlay, decorated with two birds’ heads
    Bone inlay, decorated with two birds’ heads

    LATW Cat. 55

    Bone and Ivory

    Bone

    Ca. 625-580 BC? (Lydian)

    Bone plaque, round. The front side has an arcuated profile and shows two birds’ heads with large bills, the lower bill of one adjoining the upper bill of the other, occupying ca. two-thirds of the surface. Heads emerge from the straight border of an ...

  • Architectural terracotta: head of a bearded man
    Architectural terracotta: head of a bearded man

    LATW Cat. 56

    Architectural Terracotta

    Terracotta

    Middle of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Terracotta fragment of a sima or geison, molded and painted with cream, dark sepia, and red-brown slips, showing head and shoulders of a bearded man, facing right. Background, flesh parts, and perhaps entire form are covered with cream slip, and over...