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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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  • Carbonized foodstuffs
    Carbonized foodstuffs

    LATW Cat. 69

    Organic

    Organic

    Mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Samples of carbonized foodstuffs from the Lydian houses in sector MMS-I (Cahill, “City of Sardis”), Areas 1, 3, and 4-6. These include wheat and barley, which would have been the staples of most ancient diets; tiny chickpeas; and carbonized garlic.

  • Boat-shaped vessel with spout
    Boat-shaped vessel with spout

    LATW Cat. 70

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 600-550 BC (Lydian)

    Broken and mended; one end of the vessel missing and restored. Broken and mended in antiquity (repair holes). Exterior: Orientalizing decoration in two registers, the upper register showing, on one side, hound chasing hare, on the other side three co...

  • Lebes with water serpents
    Lebes with water serpents

    LATW Cat. 71

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 600-550 BC (Lydian)

    Broken and mended. Broken and repaired in antiquity (repair holes between water serpents). On rim, four symmetrically spaced lugs (two preserved, one attested by scar); flat disk foot. Over exterior, cream slip over which decoration in dark slip as f...

  • Waveline amphora
    Waveline amphora

    LATW Cat. 72

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Large waveline amphora. Small ring foot, ovoid body, slightly flaring neck with thickened lip. Two handles. Wavy line on neck; two wide diverging bands framing handles; symmetrical S-shaped tendril design on shoulder; wide streaky-glaze band on shoul...

  • Column krater
    Column krater

    LATW Cat. 73

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Ceramic column krater. Small flaring ring foot. Ovoid body with wide mouth, low flaring neck, horizontally everted rim. Two vertical loop handles from shoulder to rim, protruding just above rim. Body wall very thin at bottom, thickening at top. Red a...

  • Oinochoe
    Oinochoe

    LATW Cat. 74

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Globular ceramic oinochoe with trefoil rim. Ring foot, globular body, low neck with trefoil rim. Ridge around base of neck. Single rounded handle joins rim horizontally. Entire exterior and interior of neck coated in thin, slightly streaky red slip. ...

  • Oinochoe
    Oinochoe

    LATW Cat. 75

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Ceramic trefoil rim oinochoe. Plain disk foot, ovoid body, cylindrical neck with trefoil rim. Narrow high-swung strap handle. Rather poorly thrown, with major irregularities. Short, thick pendant petals on shoulder; two bands framing handle from neck...

  • Flask
    Flask

    LATW Cat. 76

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Large ceramic flask, meant to rest horizontally. Lentoid body thrown in two parts, very neatly joined with hardly a trace of a seam. Lower surface almost flat, upper convex. Neck with slightly thickened rim joined to one edge of body, angled slightly...

  • Streaky-glaze skyphos with reserve band
    Streaky-glaze skyphos with reserve band

    LATW Cat. 77

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Ceramic skyphos. Thin-walled conical foot, swelling body turning in slightly to plain rim. Two slightly upturned horizontal handles. Interior and exterior painted with slightly matte streaky-glaze, leaving an unpainted zone at the handles. Sets of th...

  • Streaky-glaze skyphos with reserve band
    Streaky-glaze skyphos with reserve band

    LATW Cat. 78

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Ceramic skyphos. Conical foot, gently curving body turning in slightly at top; plain rim. Two horizontal loop handles. Streaky-glaze over entire interior and exterior except for reserved band at handle zone. White bands on interior below rim and at b...

  • Streaky-glaze skyphos with reserve band
    Streaky-glaze skyphos with reserve band

    LATW Cat. 79

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Ceramic skyphos with white bands. Conical foot, gently curving body turning in slightly at top; plain rim. Two horizontal loop handles. Exterior and interior painted with thick glossy slip, with distinct stacking line. No reserved band at handle zone...

  • Small streaky-glaze skyphos
    Small streaky-glaze skyphos

    LATW Cat. 80

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Tiny black ceramic skyphos. Conical foot, gently curving body turning in slightly at top; plain rim. Two horizontal loop handles. Black slightly streaky glaze on interior and exterior, including handle zone. White bands just below rim interior and ex...