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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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  • Pale Green Glazed fine sgraffito dish
    Pale Green Glazed fine sgraffito dish

    LATW Cat. 227

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Twelfth to thirteenth centuries AD (Byzantine)

    Fragmentary bowl. Interior, cream glaze with green-brown sgraffito decoration. A central disk features a cross with arms each terminating in a lily, and with intervals filled with fleurs-de-lis pointing inward and spaces filled with dark brown. At th...

  • Fragment of Iznik II bowl
    Fragment of Iznik II bowl

    LATW Cat. 228

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 1540-1560 AD (Islamic)

    Dish with low, flaring foot ring, shallow, concave sides, and flange rim. Body of hard, rather coarse white (Munsell 5Y 8/1) clay with thin, white slip on both interior and exterior. Design underglaze painted in sage green, azure, and turquoise, with...

  • Fragment of “Miletus Ware” bowl
    Fragment of “Miletus Ware” bowl

    LATW Cat. 229

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Late-fourteenth or fifteenth century AD (Islamic)

    Fragment of thickly potted “Miletus” ware bowl with low, flaring foot ring and high, concave sides; rim missing. Body of coarse, porous, pink (Munsell 7.5YR 7/4) earthenware with white slip on interior and on exterior to two cm. above the foot ring. ...

  • Dark glaze sgraffito bowl
    Dark glaze sgraffito bowl

    LATW Cat. 230

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Probably fourteenth or fifteenth century AD (Islamic)

    Largely complete high-footed small bowl. Earthenware darkened from reducing atmosphere in kiln or accidental burning. Slip now dark grey. Inside, incised patterns: from center, a six-armed cross with double half rosettes between arms, all inscribed w...

  • Fragment of glazed sgraffito bowl
    Fragment of glazed sgraffito bowl

    LATW Cat. 231

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Probably fourteenth or fifteenth century AD (Islamic)

    Large fragment of thickly potted, color splashed sgraffito bowl with low, flaring foot ring, deep, concave sides, and everted rim. Body of porous, coarse, fairly hard, yellowish red (Munsell 5YR 5/6) earthenware. Slipped on both interior and exterior...

  • Gold glaze sgraffito bowl
    Gold glaze sgraffito bowl

    LATW Cat. 232

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Probably fifteenth century AD (Islamic)

    Fragments of base, side and rim of gold glazed sgraffito bowl; of which only center parts are displayed in this Exhibition. Body of porous, red earthenware slipped white on the interior. Slip incised with pattern of large bud-like forms or abstract l...

  • Lydian Electrum Third stater
    Lydian Electrum Third stater

    M13 Cat. 1.0001

    Coin

    Electrum

    ca. 630 - 580/560 BC? (Lydian)

    This coin type: Obverse: Head of roaring lion r. with "nose wart" of multiple rays; Reverse: Double incuse punch.

  • Lydian Electrum Third stater
    Lydian Electrum Third stater

    M13 Cat. 1.0002

    Coin

    Electrum

    ca. 630 - 580/560 BC? (Lydian)

    This coin type: Obverse: Head of roaring lion r. with "nose wart" of multiple rays; Reverse: Double incuse punch.

  • Lydian Gold Twelfth stater
    Lydian Gold Twelfth stater

    M13 Cat. 2.0001

    Coin

    Gold

    ca. 580-547 BC (Lydian)

    This coin type: Obverse: Forepart of roaring lion r. confronting bull head l.; Reverse: Double incuse punch.

  • Lydian Silver Stater
    Lydian Silver Stater

    M13 Cat. 3.0001

    Coin

    Silver

    ca. 580-547 BC (Lydian)

    This coin type: Obverse: Forepart of roaring lion r. confronting bull head l.; Reverse: Double punch incuse.

  • Lydian Silver Twelfth stater
    Lydian Silver Twelfth stater

    M13 Cat. 4.0001

    Coin

    Silver

    ca. 580-547 BC (Lydian)

    This coin type: Obverse: Forepart of roaring lion r. confronting head of bull l.; Reverse: Double punch incuse.

  • Lydian Silver Twenty-fourth stater
    Lydian Silver Twenty-fourth stater

    M13 Cat. 5.0001

    Coin

    Silver

    ca. 580-547 BC (Lydian)

    This coin type: Obverse: Forepart of roaring lion r. confronting head of bull l.; Reverse: Single punch incuse.