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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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  • Victory Fragment
    Victory Fragment

    R2 Cat. 174

    Sculpture, Sarcophagus

    Marble, Stone

    2nd or early 3rd C. AD (Roman)

    The corner of the sarcophagus is decorated with a winged Victory, arms outstretched and holding two fruit and leaf garlands. Her large horizontal wings curve backwards and give a real feeling of depth and space. A pointed leaf rosette to the Victory’...

  • Fragment with Winged Figure
    Fragment with Winged Figure

    R2 Cat. 175

    Sculpture, Sarcophagus

    Marble, Stone

    2nd or 3rd C. AD (Roman)

    Relief shows a nude winged male figure, “floating,” with head turned to his r. His arms are outstretched, the r. one presumably held a wreath or inscribed panel. A feathery wing rises above his l. shoulder, and larger striations behind his head also ...

  • Corner Figure
    Corner Figure

    R2 Cat. 176

    Sculpture, Sarcophagus

    Marble, Stone

    Probably AD 250 or later (Roman)

    The linear and elongated figure is a rough version of a “Kallimachos” maenad. Dancing or running, she carries a poorly made garland of fruits and leaves which runs all the way from her broken upper l. arm to her lower l. leg. Her l. arm may have been...

  • Putto Fragment
    Putto Fragment

    R2 Cat. 177

    Sculpture, Sarcophagus

    Marble, Stone

    Late 2nd or early 3rd C. AD (Roman)

    A putto, walking l. supports a garland of fruit and leaves and a roughly carved taenia. His outer (l.) arm crosses his body to hold up the garland. Within the garland crescent is a raised bump, too severely damaged to identify for certain, but it may...

  • Lid with Lion Head
    Lid with Lion Head

    R2 Cat. 178

    Sculpture, Sarcophagus

    Marble, Stone

    Late 2nd or early 3rd C. AD (Roman)

    The sarcophagus lid fragment has a tile, triangular in section, which ends in a lion’s head. The mane of the lion is indicated by shallow grooves and incisions. His forehead has folds of skin incised on the diagonal. The protruding tongue and lower l...

  • Lid with lion head
    Lid with lion head

    R2 Cat. 179

    Sculpture, Sarcophagus

    Marble, Stone

    Late 2nd or early 3rd C. AD? (Roman)

    The imitation cover tile is triangular in section and tapers toward the top. The lion’s head has round, deeply hollowed ears, and a long-haired mane with individually drilled hairs. The eyes, deeply inset near the center, had separately indicated lid...

  • Female Portrait Head
    Female Portrait Head

    R2 Cat. 180

    Sculpture, Sarcophagus

    Marble, Stone

    Late 2nd or early 3rd C. AD (Roman)

    “PC sarcophagus” fragments. A large number of fragments (about 100) of an Asiatic sarcophagus were found in the Pactolus bed near the sector PC, in the summers of 1959 and 1960. The architectural fragments are identical with those on the celebrated s...

  • Head of a Horse from Fulcrum
    Head of a Horse from Fulcrum

    R2 Cat. 181

    Sculpture, Sarcophagus

    Marble, Stone

    Late 2nd or early 3rd C. AD (Roman)

    “PC sarcophagus” fragments. A large number of fragments (about 100) of an Asiatic sarcophagus were found in the Pactolus bed near the sector PC, in the summers of 1959 and 1960. The architectural fragments are identical with those on the celebrated s...

  • Architectural Fragments
    Architectural Fragments

    R2 Cat. 182

    Sculpture, Sarcophagus

    Marble, Stone

    Late 2nd or early 3rd C. AD (Roman)

    ”PC sarcophagus” fragments. A large number of fragments (about 100) of an Asiatic sarcophagus were found in the Pactolus bed near the sector PC, in the summers of 1959 and 1960. The architectural fragments are identical with those on the celebrated s...

  • Corner of Couch from Lid
    Corner of Couch from Lid

    R2 Cat. 183

    Sculpture, Sarcophagus

    Marble, Stone

    Late 2nd or early 3rd C. AD (Roman)

    ”PC sarcophagus” fragments. A large number of fragments (about 100) of an Asiatic sarcophagus were found in the Pactolus bed near the sector PC, in the summers of 1959 and 1960. The architectural fragments are identical with those on the celebrated s...

  • Fragment with Moldings
    Fragment with Moldings

    R2 Cat. 184

    Sculpture, Sarcophagus

    Marble, Stone

    2nd half of 2nd C. AD (Roman)

    This fragment of a sarcophagus has, from l. to r., an Ionic column base, and the a statue base with apparently a panther paw and the r. foot of Dionysus (cf. Cat. 122 Figs. 250-251). There is the trace of another Ionic column base. The moldings are: ...

  • Lid Corner with Sorrowing Triton
    Lid Corner with Sorrowing Triton

    R2 Cat. 185

    Sculpture, Sarcophagus

    Marble, Stone

    Late 2nd or early 3rd C. AD (Roman)

    A bearded male figure holding a fish in his r. hand clasped to his chest is in high relief. The hair flows back in vertical strands, interrupted by horizontal bands in back which are intended to be either folds of the garment or waves of water. Waves...