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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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  • Orientalizing kantharos
    Orientalizing kantharos

    LATW Cat. 81

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Ceramic kantharos. Flaring ring foot, ovoid lower body with high cylindrical neck and plain slightly everted rim. Two small upswung strap handles. White slip over upper body, dribbled onto lower body. Orange rays pendant from rim; petals pendant from...

  • Stemmed dish with graffito of deer and dog
    Stemmed dish with graffito of deer and dog

    LATW Cat. 82

    Pottery, Graffito

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Ceramic stemmed dish with flaring foot, plain stem, relatively deep plate with upturned lip. Matte eroded dark streaky-glaze on floor of plate, outside of rim, lower stem and foot. Graffiti: on bottom of plate, a carefully incised deer, leaping up an...

  • Stemmed dish with graffito of “snake”
    Stemmed dish with graffito of “snake”

    LATW Cat. 83

    Pottery, Graffito

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Ceramic stemmed dish with flaring foot, plain stem, relatively flat plate with upturned lip. Thick slip on interior, orange on one side, fired or burned differently on other side to a streaky orange-brown. Four sets of black spirals on the interior o...

  • Stemmed dish with graffito of “snake”
    Stemmed dish with graffito of “snake”

    LATW Cat. 84

    Pottery, Graffito

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Ceramic stemmed dish with flat, square-lipped flaring foot, plain stem, plate with upturned lip. Dark streaky-glaze on interior, with three sets of almost invisible matte black spirals. Interior quite worn and somewhat eroded. “Snake” graffito on int...

  • Stemmed dish with graffito
    Stemmed dish with graffito

    LATW Cat. 85

    Pottery, Graffito

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Ceramic stemmed dish with flaring foot, plain stem, plate with upturned lip. Orange to brown streaky-glaze on interior, with four sets of matte black spirals. Two similar graffiti incised on bottom of plate with fine tool, one with circle, line and r...

  • Lydian duck vase
    Lydian duck vase

    LATW Cat. 86

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Closed vessel in the shape of a duck, built of four wheel-made pieces with plastic additions. Flaring conical foot. Body was thrown as a bowl, then elongated, folded and cut. Semi-naturalistic head turned to left. Small horizontal tail. Cylindrical s...

  • Lydian pyxis
    Lydian pyxis

    LATW Cat. 87

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Lydian pyxis. Rather narrow ring foot, cylindrical central body separated from conical shoulder and lower body by beveled ridges, made and applied separately. Low vertical neck with squared rim. Scars of two basket handles on shoulder. Neck and lower...

  • Lydian lamp
    Lydian lamp

    LATW Cat. 88

    Lamp

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Open lamp, with horizontal rim with slight vertical edge. Large nozzle, showing traces of burning, flanked by two small pointed projections. High central cone. Painted bands at bottom of body, nozzle, top of rim, four bands on horizontal lip, one on ...

  • Lid with orientalizing decoration
    Lid with orientalizing decoration

    LATW Cat. 89

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. mid-sixth century BC (Lydian)

    Lid with orientalizing decoration. Tall body with almost vertical lower walls turning to slightly convex upper body. Handle in form of tall, slightly flaring ring. Exterior painted with creamy white slip, divided up into four zones, separated by wide...

  • Lebes with lions and other creatures
    Lebes with lions and other creatures

    LATW Cat. 90

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    600-570 BC (Lydian)

    Pottery broken, mended, and partly restored. Exterior covered with cream slip over which decoration in reddish and dark brown-grey slip as follows: on rim, pattern band of alternating circles and dots and criss-crosses and dots, separated by pairs of...

  • Skyphos with orientalizing decoration, confronted sphinxes
    Skyphos with orientalizing decoration, confronted sphinxes

    LATW Cat. 91

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Ca. 575-550 BC (Lydian)

    More than of the vessel, including most of body and all of foot and handles, restored (by J.-F. de Lapérouse). Cream slip over which decoration in dark sepia/yellow brown slip, and white slip. Exterior decoration: handle zone (only one side partial...

  • Stemmed dish with painted decoration
    Stemmed dish with painted decoration

    LATW Cat. 92

    Pottery

    Ceramic

    Probably 9th century BC (Lydian)

    Ceramic stemmed dish with painted decoration. Low flaring foot, flat, thick-walled plate with squared rim. Interior decorated in orange on cream slip. Tondo entirely orange, although there is a pattern of abrasion in the shape of an asterisk that pro...