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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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  • Gold melon bead
    Gold melon bead

    LATW Cat. 153

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Gold

    Ca. 575-540 BC (Lydian)

    Spherical form perforated with central hole. Outer surface articulated with curving, melon-like segments, which terminate at the hole mouths. Granulation in single rows between segments and in double rings around hole mouths. Height 0.0095 m, weight ...

  • Silver pendant in form of hawk
    Silver pendant in form of hawk

    LATW Cat. 154

    Jewelry and Ornaments

    Silver

    Ca. 575-540 BC (Lydian)

    Surface corroded. Hawk standing on a rectangular plinth; on back, suspension ring. Height 0.03 m.

  • Silver trefoil-mouthed oinochoe
    Silver trefoil-mouthed oinochoe

    LATW Cat. 155

    Metalwork

    Silver

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    The jug has a trefoil mouth, a broad cylindrical neck, a squat globular body and a ring foot. Around the base of the neck is a ridge, hammered from the inside. The handle, rising high above the level of the rim, is made from two plates of metal, the ...

  • Bronze trefoil-mouthed oinochoe
    Bronze trefoil-mouthed oinochoe

    LATW Cat. 156

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    The jug has a trefoil mouth, cylindrical neck, squat spherical body and a flared foot. The jug proper is made in three parts: mouth, neck, and shoulder; body, and foot. The shoulder overlaps and is soldered to the upper curve of the body; the foot is...

  • Silver omphalos bowl
    Silver omphalos bowl

    LATW Cat. 157

    Metalwork

    Silver

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    The shallow bowl has a straight rim, thickened at the edge, and a large hemispherical omphalos with a centering mark on the underside. On the inner wall are eight evenly spaced horizontal ribs from the omphalos to just below the rim. The outer wall i...

  • Bronze bowl with rim bands and swivelling ring handles
    Bronze bowl with rim bands and swivelling ring handles

    LATW Cat. 158

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    “The broad shallow bowl has a slightly thickened rim and flat bottom. At opposite sides of the bowl are two three-quarter bolsters with finely ridged ends and central molding, attached below the rim by two rivets from inside. The attenuated ends of a...

  • Two bronze handles from a wooden bowl
    Two bronze handles from a wooden bowl

    LATW Cat. 159

    Metalwork

    Bronze/Copper Alloy

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    This pair of swivel ring handles is similar to those on the bowl with rim bands, no. 226 (No. 158). These rings, however, are larger, and the ribbing is more definite, composed of relatively broad convex ribs alternating with pairs of fine ribs. The ...

  • Silver lid
    Silver lid

    LATW Cat. 160

    Metalwork

    Silver

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    The convex circular lid has a short horizontal rim, slightly upturned at the edge, and a swiveling ring handle. In the center of the lid is a rosette of 25 petals, encircled by a pine-cone decoration that extends in 11 increasingly larger rings as fa...

  • Silver alabastron
    Silver alabastron

    LATW Cat. 161

    Metalwork

    Silver

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    The body of the alabastron is divided into alternately decorated and undecorated zones by six ornamental bands. The uppermost band contains evenly spaced circles with central dot, bordered below by a narrower band of hatching. The second band contain...

  • Silver oinochoe with kouros handle
    Silver oinochoe with kouros handle

    LATW Cat. 162

    Metalwork

    Silver

    Late sixth or early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    “The oinochoe has a trefoil mouth, a cylindrical neck, and an ovoid body narrowing towards a flared foot. Around the rim is a chased kymation. The shoulder is decorated with engraved tongues, a pinprick within the curve of each. Around the foot is a ...

  • Silver oinochoe with lion’s head handle
    Silver oinochoe with lion’s head handle

    LATW Cat. 163

    Metalwork

    Silver

    Late sixth or early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The oinochoe has a trefoil mouth with grooved rim, a short neck, and an ovoid body, angling sharply at the wide shoulder and narrowing towards the flared foot. A rounded ridge decorated with engraved beading encircles the foot near the top, and the s...

  • Silver kyathos (ladle)
    Silver kyathos (ladle)

    LATW Cat. 164

    Metalwork

    Silver

    Late sixth or early fifth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The shallow bowl is fairly flat at the bottom and is hammered in one piece with the hexagonal stem, to the top of which is soldered a loop. The top of the handle is elaborately ornamented, the loop mounted on a quatrefoil lotus above a profiled moldi...