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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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  • Hoard of Electrum Coins: 26 Electrum Third-Staters
    Hoard of Electrum Coins: 26 Electrum Third-Staters

    LATW Cat. 24_1-24_26

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 610-560 BC (Lydian)

    Twenty-six electrum coins, of one-third stater weight (Gordion inventory numbers 1078-1103). Obverse: roaring lion head facing right. Reverse: two incuse punches. Countermarks on edges of 1078 and 1079. Weight: 4.75 g; except for 1078, 1083-1085, and...

  • Electrum Third-Stater
    Electrum Third-Stater

    LATW Cat. 25

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 630-560 BC (Lydian)

    Electrum coin, of one-third stater weight. Obverse: roaring lion head facing right. Reverse: two incuse punches. Weight: 4.71 g.

  • Electrum Third-Stater
    Electrum Third-Stater

    LATW Cat. 26

    Coin

    Electrum

    Ca. 630-560 BC (Lydian)

    Electrum coin, of one-third stater weight. Obverse: roaring lion head facing right. Reverse: two incuse punches. Diameter 11-13 mm, weight: 4.75 g.

  • Gold Croeseid Twelfth-Stater
    Gold Croeseid Twelfth-Stater

    LATW Cat. 27

    Coin

    Gold

    Second quarter of sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Gold croeseid twelfth-stater. Obverse: confronted foreparts of lion and bull. Reverse: single incuse punch. Weight 0.88 g, diameter 7.2 mm.

  • From Hoard of 30 Coins: Two Gold Croeseid Staters
    From Hoard of 30 Coins: Two Gold Croeseid Staters

    LATW Cat. 28_1-28_2

    Coin

    Gold

    Second quarter of sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Two gold croeseid staters. Obverse: confronted foreparts of lion and bull. Reverse: two incuse punches. Weight: 8.06 g (IAM 8947), 8.04 g (IAM 8948).

  • Silver Croeseid Stater
    Silver Croeseid Stater

    LATW Cat. 29

    Coin

    Silver

    Probably second quarter of the sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Silver croeseid stater. Obverse: confronted foreparts of lion and bull. Reverse: two incuse punches. Good condition, some wear. Weight 10.25 g, diameter 15 x 21 mm.

  • Silver Croeseid Twelfth-Stater
    Silver Croeseid Twelfth-Stater

    LATW Cat. 30

    Coin

    Silver

    Second quarter of sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Silver croeseid twelfth-stater. Obverse: confronted foreparts of lion and bull. Reverse: single incuse punch. Weight 0.72 g, diameter 7.9 mm.

  • Silver Croeseid Twenty-Fourth Stater
    Silver Croeseid Twenty-Fourth Stater

    LATW Cat. 31

    Coin

    Silver

    Second quarter of sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Silver croeseid twenty-fourth stater. Obverse: confronted foreparts of lion and bull. Reverse: one incuse punch. Weight 0.35 g, diameter 6.3 mm.

  • Hoard of Coins from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı: Silver Persian Siglos
    Hoard of Coins from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı: Silver Persian Siglos

    LATW Cat. 32_3

    Coin

    Silver

    Last quarter of the sixth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Silver siglos of Achaemenid type. Obverse: standing three-quarter-length figure of archer, facing right, wearing kidaris and kandys, holding bow and two arrows. Reverse: oblong punch. Diameter 0.014, weight 4.99 g; “worn+” (Robinson) / “good conditio...

  • Hoard of Coins from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı: Three Silver Persian Sigloi
    Hoard of Coins from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı: Three Silver Persian Sigloi

    LATW Cat. 32_4-32_6

    Coin

    Silver

    Last quarter of the sixth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Three silver sigloi of Achaemenid type. Obverse: kneeling or running figure of the Persian king, facing right, wearing kidaris and kandys, drawing his bow. Reverse: oblong punch. 2844: diameter 0.0155, weight 4.92 g (Robinson) / 4.93 g (Aydemir et al...

  • Hoard of Coins from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı: Two Silver Croeseid Half-Staters
    Hoard of Coins from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı: Two Silver Croeseid Half-Staters

    LATW Cat. 32_1-32_2

    Coin

    Silver

    Second half of the sixth century BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Two silver croeseid half-staters. Obverse: confronted foreparts of lion and bull. Reverse: two punches. Weight: no. 32.1: 5.20 g, “worn” (Robinson) / 5.10 g, “good condition” (Aydemir et al). No. 32.2: 5.29 g, “medium worn” (Robinson) / 5.21 g, “good...

  • Hoard of Coins from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı: 14 Silver Ionian Sixth-Staters (Hektai)
    Hoard of Coins from Old Smyrna/Bayraklı: 14 Silver Ionian Sixth-Staters (Hektai)

    LATW Cat. 32_7-32_20

    Coin

    Silver

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

    Fourteen small silver sixth-stater coins. Obverse: female head facing left, wearing close-fitting cap held in place by band (or helmet?); circular earring. Reverse: single quadripartite incuse square. Diameter 0.009-0.0115; weight (2848-2861): 1.28, ...