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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 an object type from the list below. Certain object types (including architectural terracottas, coins, pottery, sculpture) include subtypes (shape and ware of pottery, denomination and mint of coins) to refine your search.

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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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  • Stemmed dish with painted decoration
    Stemmed dish with painted decoration

    LATW Cat. 93

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Probably 9th century BC (Lydian)

    Ceramic stemmed dish with painted decoration. Tall flaring stemmed foot, relatively deep plate with thickened, squared horizontal rim. Gray surface, decorated with white and black paint. Neatly drawn 16-petal rosette in tondo. Triangles on upper surf...

  • Oinochoe
    Oinochoe

    LATW Cat. 94

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 600-570 BC (Lydian)

    Large ceramic oinochoe. Ovoid body, relatively narrow neck with flaring trefoil rim. Wide streaky-glaze band over mid and lower body; exterior of neck and handle streaky-glazed. Four pendant hooks on shoulder, consisting of 11 concentric black bands,...

  • Lydion
    Lydion

    LATW Cat. 95

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    540-510 BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Lydion, with small foot, ovoid body, flaring neck with out-turned rim. On shoulder, marbling.

  • Lydion
    Lydion

    LATW Cat. 96

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Horizontally ridged lydion, with conical foot, globular body, wide flaring neck, horizontally everted rim. Painted with slightly streaky slip; burned, and original color uncertain. Intact. Height 0.074 m, diameter 0.061 m.

  • Lydion
    Lydion

    LATW Cat. 97

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Horizontally ridged lydion, with conical foot, globular body, wide flaring neck, everted, slightly downturned rim. Painted with streaky black lustrous slip, burned. Intact except for chips on foot and rim. Height 0.070 m, diameter 0.058 m.

  • Ring askos
    Ring askos

    LATW Cat. 98

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Medium-size gray ring askos. Doughnut-shaped body, low vertical neck, flaring rim. Single basket handle from top of body to neck. Gray semi-matte slip on entire body, possibly slightly burnished. Complete, mended. Height 0.049 m, diameter 0.097 m.

  • Ring askos
    Ring askos

    LATW Cat. 99

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Miniature ring askos. Doughnut-shaped body, low vertical neck, flaring rim. Single basket handle from top of body to neck. Painted with cream slip, with decoration applied in red. Three red stripes on neck, band of diagonal lines around the rim. The ...

  • Middle Corinthian Round Aryballos
    Middle Corinthian Round Aryballos

    LATW Cat. 100

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 590-550 BC (Middle Corinthian or later) (Lydian)

    Round Corinthian aryballos with quatrefoil decoration. Globular body with slightly flattened bottom. Very low neck, wide horizontal everted lip with narrow mouth. Carefully drawn rosette around mouth. Rim crosshatched. Handle decorated with wavy line...

  • Bird Bowl
    Bird Bowl

    LATW Cat. 101

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Seventh century BC (Lydian)

    Bird bowl. Low ring foot, bowl with rounded profile, lightly nicked rim. Handles restored. Hatched bird in metope, flanked by hatched diamonds in metopes. Mended from fragments; parts of body and both handles restored. Height 0.060 m, diameter 0.125 ...

  • Attic Black Figure Band Skyphos
    Attic Black Figure Band Skyphos

    LATW Cat. 102

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Attic black-figured band skyphos. Wide low flaring foot. Deep body, slightly inset, flaring lip with sharp transitional ridge on interior. Two horizontal handles. In band, side A: two neatly drawn confronting panthers, framed by palmettes. In band, s...

  • Attic Black Figure Komast Cup
    Attic Black Figure Komast Cup

    LATW Cat. 103

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Attic black-figure komast cup. Flaring conical foot, without solid clay. Fully rounded body. Inset lip, two horizontal handles. Net pattern on exterior of lip. Double palmettes with tendrils beneath handles. Sides A and B: almost identical komast sce...

  • Attic Black Figure Merrythought Cup
    Attic Black Figure Merrythought Cup

    LATW Cat. 104

    Pottery, Inscription

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Attic black figure cup with deep bowl, high “wishbone” handles. Side A: battle over a fallen warrior, with two nude figures bearing away the corpse; Ramage suggests that the nude figures might represent Sleep and Death, rather than mortal combatants....