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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.

Showing 13 results for:   Lydian / Ephesus
  • Electrum Twelfth-Stater
    Electrum Twelfth-Stater

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 630-575 BC (Lydian)

    Electrum coin of one-twelfth stater weight (Ephesus Excavations Inventory ART 86/L567). Obverse: roaring lion head facing right, with a round “wart” on top of the muzzle; the wisps of the mane pointing downwards. Reverse: incuse punch. Diameter 0....

  • Electrum Twelfth-Stater with Lydian Inscription “walwet”
    Electrum Twelfth-Stater with Lydian Inscription “walwet”

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 630-575 BC (Lydian)

    Electrum coin of twelfth-stater weight. Obverse: Roaring lion head facing right. Along right side of coin, three Lydian letters, “...WET.” Reverse: single punch. Diameter 0.007; weight 1.19 g.

  • Electrum Third-Stater with Lydian Inscription, “kukalim”?
    Electrum Third-Stater with Lydian Inscription, “kukalim”?

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 630-600 BC (Lydian)

    Electrum coin of third-stater weight (Ephesus Excavations Inventory ART 94/K257). Obverse: two confronted lion’s heads, only the left-hand head struck on the coin, the right represented only by a bit of the nose along the right edge. Between the t...

  • Electrum Third-Stater with Two Boars’ Heads and Lydian Inscription
    Electrum Third-Stater with Two Boars’ Heads and Lydian Inscription

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 630-575 BC (Lydian)

    Electrum coin of one-third stater weight (Ephesus Excavations Inventory ART 86/K345). Obverse: boar head facing left. At the left of the head are the Lydian letters of a partially preserved name, ...]L?ATE[..., and the tip of the snout and tusk o...

  • Electrum Twenty-Fourth Stater with Lion’s Paw
    Electrum Twenty-Fourth Stater with Lion’s Paw

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 630-615 BC (the terminus ante quem of ca. 615 BC is certain from the stratigraphic context) (Lydian)

    Electrum coin of one twenty-fourth stater weight (Ephesus Excavations Inventory ART 94/K277). Obverse: four-clawed lion’s paw. Reverse: single punch. Weight: 0.56 g.

  • “Ephesian Ware” stemmed dish fragment from Ephesus
    “Ephesian Ware” stemmed dish fragment from Ephesus

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Last quarter of the seventh century BC, deposited around 610 BC (Lydian)

    Slightly curved body fragment of a stemmed dish (Ephesus excavation inventory ART 94 K 142.1). Bichrome decoration precisely painted in dark chocolate brown and reddish brown on a thick, creamy white slip of extraordinary smoothness, reminding one...

  • “Ephesian Ware” omphalos phiale fragment from Ephesus
    “Ephesian Ware” omphalos phiale fragment from Ephesus

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Second half of the seventh century BC., around 640–620 BC (Lydian)

    Curved body fragment of a thin walled hemispherical bowl (Ephesus excavation inventory ART 88 K 1.1); the central boss (omphalos) and the straight rim are not preserved. Bichrome decoration painted in dark chocolate brown and reddish brown on a th...

  • Electrum earring with double-axe decoration
    Electrum earring with double-axe decoration

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Electrum

    Second half of the 7th or beginning of the 6th century BC (Lydian)

    Electrum boat-shaped earring, decorated with beaded wire along sides, with four groups of three wires, crimped to resemble granulation, dividing the exterior into three panels. In panels, double-axes decorated with granulation. One double-axe miss...

  • Gold recumbent lamb from Ephesus
    Gold recumbent lamb from Ephesus

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    Late 7th or early 6th century BC (Lydian)

    Tiny gold recumbent lamb, with head turned to side, resting on low base (Ephesus Excavations Inventory ART 87/K262). Simplified representation, with short snout, ears flattened to head eyes indicated by raised dots. Hollow, made from two pieces of...

  • Gold floral appliqué from Ephesus
    Gold floral appliqué from Ephesus

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    Late seventh century or beginning of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Small gold foil appliqué. Raised central boss, surrounded by four raised, lightly segmented bow coils (Schalenspiralen), with rings at the apices. Volutes and rings pierced for attachment. Probably formed using a positive mold, as the details are ...

  • Gold floral appliqué from Ephesus
    Gold floral appliqué from Ephesus

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    Late seventh or early sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Gold foil appliqué (Ephesus Excavations Inventory ART 87/K66). Raised central boss surrounded by lightly segmented ring. Four raised, segmented “bowl spirals;” additional foil left at apices, pierced for attachment. 2.1 x 2.1 cm; thickness of foil...

  • Silver pin with pomegranate-shaped head from Ephesus
    Silver pin with pomegranate-shaped head from Ephesus

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Silver

    Late seventh or early sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Silver pin with hollow teardrop-shaped head, divided into four sections by vertical rows of beaded wire (perhaps masking seams in the head), with ring of beaded wire at the tip (Ephesus Excavations Inventory ART 86/K366). Flaring disk between pin ...