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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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  • Kantharos, marbled with confronted deer and tree
    Kantharos, marbled with confronted deer and tree

    LATW Cat. 105

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Pottery kantharos with double-roll handles. Body decorated in brown slip with curled marbling in seven overlapping rows. Neck decorated with images in slips of three colors, very dark brown, orange brown, and light yellow-brown, over a cream-slipped ...

  • Marbled omphalos phiale
    Marbled omphalos phiale

    LATW Cat. 106

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Pottery omphalos phiale. Outside and inside covered with white slip, over which orange-brown slip applied over rim and omphalos and in radial bands of marbling outside and inside. Diameter 0.161 m, height 0.056 m.

  • Provincial Lydian bichrome stemmed dish
    Provincial Lydian bichrome stemmed dish

    LATW Cat. 107

    Pottery, Graffito

    Ceramic

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Plain rim; flaring base; plain stem (Gordion inv. no. 10983 P4495 +10938 P4482). Clay very pale brown (10 YR 7/4). Decoration yellowish red (5 YR 5/8) to red (2.5 YR 4/8), and in reddish black (2.5 YR 2.5/1). Interior: creamy-white slipped, top to bo...

  • Omphalos phiale with marbled decoration
    Omphalos phiale with marbled decoration

    LATW Cat. 108

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 560-520 BC (Lydian or Late Lydian)

    Marbled omphalos phiale. Less than half preserved; restored from fragments; parts of omphalos survive. Deep, hemispherical bowl. Fabric hard, fine, slightly micaceous; fired red-brown to milky brick red. Inside and out, cream-white slip, thinly appli...

  • Lydion from Gordion
    Lydion from Gordion

    LATW Cat. 109

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 560-520 BC (Lydian or Late Lydian)

    Pottery, broken and badly burnt, repaired (Gordion inv. no. 9P9). Flat rim, outflaring neck, round body, semi-conical foot; slightly lopsided. Clay micaceous, grey-brown at core, reddish near surfaces; friable. The exterior is covered with cream slip...

  • Lydion from Gordion
    Lydion from Gordion

    LATW Cat. 110

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 560-540 BC (Lydian or Late Lydian)

    Intact except for chips from rim (Possibly Gordion inv. no. 1573 P490). Fabric fairly hard, fine, non-micaceous; fired light tan-pink. Red-brown slip streakily applied over lip, neck (outside and partly inside), mid body, lower body, and foot; the sa...

  • Lydion from Gordion
    Lydion from Gordion

    LATW Cat. 111

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 550-520 BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Intact, chips off rim and foot (Possibly Gordion inv. no. 2387 P752). Surface badly worn. Fabric not too fine, sturdy but friable, micaceous; fired light pink. White slip on lip and shoulder. Brick red-to-brown sepia slip (slightly metallic in places...

  • Lydion from Gordion
    Lydion from Gordion

    LATW Cat. 112

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 500-450 BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Complete, mended from two pieces, chips off rim (Possibly Gordion inv. no. 497 P144). Clay fired reddish buff. Reddish slip applied over lip, rim, and neck; the same slip is applied in a broad spiral band over the reserve surface of the shoulder. Hei...

  • Marbled omphalos phiale from Miletus
    Marbled omphalos phiale from Miletus

    LATW Cat. 113

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Second to third quarter of the sixth century BC (Lydian or Late Lydian)

    Hemispherical bowl with central boss. Painted in a light to dark brown glaze on a slip, which is thin and reddish brown on the inside and thick and yellowish white on the outside. Interior completely covered with marbling, the marbled central boss is...

  • Fragment of a marbled omphalos phiale with graffito from Miletus
    Fragment of a marbled omphalos phiale with graffito from Miletus

    LATW Cat. 114

    Pottery, Graffito

    Ceramic

    Second to third quarter of the sixth century BC (Lydian or Late Lydian)

    Hemispherical bowl, which originally had a boss in its center. Painted in a reddish brown to black glaze on a thin slip yellowish to light brown hue. Both sides are completely covered with marbling, consisting of adjacent stripes. Approximately half ...

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

    LATW Cat. 115

    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 of...

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

    LATW Cat. 116

    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 thick...