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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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  • Sandstone Lion from Altar of Cybele, Pactolus North
    Sandstone Lion from Altar of Cybele, Pactolus North

    LATW Cat. 14

    Sculpture

    Sandstone, Stone

    Ca. 570-560 BC (Lydian)

    Sandstone lion sculpture from SW corner of the altar at PN. “Very crumbly, broken in two parts, about two thirds of forepart of head broken off... but right eye preserved. Mouth preserved only at sides...” (Hanfmann and Ramage). Height 0.405 m, lengt...

  • Terracotta Bellows Nozzle
    Terracotta Bellows Nozzle

    LATW Cat. 15

    Miscellaneous

    Terracotta

    First half of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Terracotta nozzle of coarse clay. “Four joining pieces forming complete squarish outer and round inner section of a flat-faced tapering nozzle. Intense heating has melted away some of the tip, which is grossly misshapen with bits of vitrification adh...

  • Touchstone
    Touchstone

    LATW Cat. 16

    Miscellaneous

    Stone

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Bar of very fine black stone, rectangular in section, broken at one end, other end finished. Polished smooth surface, slightly convex. Preserved length 0.052 m, width 0.012 m; thickness 0.010 m.

  • Electrum Third-Stater
    Electrum Third-Stater

    LATW Cat. 17

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 630-560 BC (Lydian)

    Electrum third-stater. Obverse: roaring lion head, facing right, with “hairy nose wart.” Reverse: two incuse punches. Good condition. Weight 4.75 g, diameter 12 mm.

  • Electrum Third-Stater
    Electrum Third-Stater

    LATW Cat. 18

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 630-560 BC (Lydian)

    Electrum third-stater. Obverse: roaring lion head, facing right, with “hairy nose wart.” Reverse: two incuse punches. Good condition. Weight 4.75 g, diameter 11 x 13 mm.

  • Electrum Twelfth-Stater
    Electrum Twelfth-Stater

    LATW Cat. 19

    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 0.007...

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

    LATW Cat. 20

    Coin, Inscription

    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”?

    LATW Cat. 21

    Coin, Inscription

    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 two ...

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

    LATW Cat. 22

    Coin, Inscription

    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 of a...

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

    LATW Cat. 23

    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.

  • Hoard of Electrum Coins: Electrum Sixth-Stater
    Hoard of Electrum Coins: Electrum Sixth-Stater

    LATW Cat. 24_27

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 610-560 BC (Lydian)

    One electrum coin of sixth-stater weight (Gordion inventory number 1104). Obverse: roaring lion head facing right. Reverse: single punch. Weight 2.35 g.

  • Hoard of Electrum Coins: 18 Electrum Twelfth-Staters
    Hoard of Electrum Coins: 18 Electrum Twelfth-Staters

    LATW Cat. 24_28-24_45

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 610-560 BC (Lydian)

    Eighteen electrum coins of twelfth-stater weight (Gordion inventory Nos. 1105-1122). Obverse: roaring lion head facing right. Reverse: single punch. Countermarks on Nos. 1105, 1120-1122. Weight 1.20 g.