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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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  • Fragment of a terracotta sima, with winged horse
    Fragment of a terracotta sima, with winged horse

    Architectural Terracotta

    Terracotta

    (Lydian)

    Terracotta fragment of a horizontal sima, preserving part of the spout (at lower right); molded and painted with cream, dark sepia, and red-brown slips, showing parts of a winged horse, rearing to right, and a narrow bar with hook end over the spo...

  • Fragment of a terracotta sima or geison, with scroll/lyre
    Fragment of a terracotta sima or geison, with scroll/lyre

    Architectural Terracotta

    Terracotta

    Ca. 560-550 BC (Lydian)

    Terracotta fragment of a raking sima or geison; molded and painted with cream, dark sepia, and red-brown slips, showing parts of two primary motif zones, the more complete of which has a scroll or lyre motif, and a top or bottom border, which has ...

  • Fragment of a terracotta sima, with winged horse and painted komast
    Fragment of a terracotta sima, with winged horse and painted komast

    Architectural Terracotta

    Terracotta

    Probably first half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Lower right corner of a lateral spouted terracotta sima. Front side with molded and painted figural decoration on white background. Molded hindquarters of rearing horse facing left with part of tail preserved. The horse, most likely a winged Pegas...

  • Assemblage of reconstructed architectural terracottas and roof tiles
    Assemblage of reconstructed architectural terracottas and roof tiles

    Architectural Terracotta

    Terracotta

    AD 1976-1981 (Modern)

    Nine tiles made of clay, painted with clay slips, and fired in an electric kiln; Sardis, 1976-1981. Tiles are made of clay that had been prepared by potters at Urganlı, near Turgutlu/Kasaba. Three slips fired white, red, and black: white slip is m...

  • Cooking pot
    Cooking pot

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Ceramic cooking pot (chytra) of clay, with many fine sand inclusions to prevent the vessel from cracking when placed on the fire (cookingware). Flat bottom, globular body, thickened rim. High-swung strap handle. Intact. Height 0.133 m, diameter of...

  • Cooking stand
    Cooking stand

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Coarse cookingware stand to support a cooking pot on a hearth. Wheel-made tapering cylindrical body with ca. one-fourth of the diameter cut away to give access to coals within. Thickened lip, with beveled top where cooking pot rests. Three triangu...

  • Cooking pot
    Cooking pot

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Small globular cooking pot of coarse cookingware. Flat bottom, globular body, outturned rim. High-swung strap handle. Thin wash on exterior surface. Interior slightly eroded from use, exterior reddened on one side. Mended from fragments, almost co...

  • Cooking pot lid
    Cooking pot lid

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Flat profile, with flaring knob handle. Part of circumference cut away to provide space for cooking pot handle. Intact. Height 0.054, diameter 0.200.

  • Strainer
    Strainer

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Large strainer with three handles. Wide flaring lip, bowl-like perforated central strainer, which is pierced from the outside with holes. Score marks on exterior guided placement of holes. Three horizontal handles, circular in section, with flat l...

  • Coarse bowl
    Coarse bowl

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Plain coarse bowl with incurved rim. Irregular string-cut base, gently curving body, slightly ridged, slightly inturned rim. Almost complete, mended. Height 0.085-0.089, diameter of rim 0.132-0.147 m.

  • Basalt mortar and marble pestle
    Basalt mortar and marble pestle

    Stone Vessel

    Basalt, Marble, Stone

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Basalt mortar and white rubbing stone or pestle. Mortar is a shallow bowl with low vertical rim and three legs. The interior is worn smooth from use; the exterior is smoothly worked but not polished. Legs rectangular in section with vertical groov...

  • Iron grater
    Iron grater

    Metalwork

    Iron

    Before mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Iron. Rectangular sheet reinforced along the long sides by two narrow strips, one of which has slipped out of position and lies diagonally across the sheet. (The method of attachment has not been identified.) The main sheet was perforated with man...