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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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  • Fragment of Pier with Lion’s Head
    Fragment of Pier with Lion’s Head

    R2 Cat. 222

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    3rd C. AD (Roman)

    A lion head is carved on a pillar under a projecting squared capital. The lion has small beady eyes and a simple mane done in parallel locks. A channel runs through his mouth, but because of the pillar behind, this was apparently not originally a fou...

  • Table Leg, Dionysus Leaning on Pillar
    Table Leg, Dionysus Leaning on Pillar

    R2 Cat. 223

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    2nd C. AD (Roman)

    Young Dionysus leans on a pillar with l. arm, his hand cupped over the top of the pillar molding. Weight is on his r. leg, the l. one crosses it in front and rests on the ball of the foot. His back is against a second, taller pillar with stepped-out ...

  • Table Leg, Male Figure Standing against Pillar
    Table Leg, Male Figure Standing against Pillar

    R2 Cat. 224

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    2nd C. AD (Roman)

    Although the entire head is missing, a strand of hair is preserved on each shoulder. A piece of drapery is wrapped around the left arm at the elbow. The r. hand probably held a staff, since the bottom of some such object is preserved on the base, and...

  • Table Leg, Male Figure Standing against Pillar
    Table Leg, Male Figure Standing against Pillar

    R2 Cat. 225

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    1st half of 3rd C. AD? (Roman)

    A nude standing male figure, leaning against a pillar, has a piece of drapery slung across his l. shoulder, around back, and across his r. thigh. Weight is on the l. leg, his r. leg forward. His l. hand clasps the drapery near his chest, the r. hand ...

  • Socrates Menorah
    Socrates Menorah

    R2 Cat. 226

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    1st half of 4th C. AD? (Roman)

    This was originally a seven-branched candlestick with a central vertical stem. Each branch, oval in section, has an incised lozenge pattern (L. 0.05, W. 0.022), carefully but monotonously cut. This pattern is to suggest stylized leaves of rhomboid sh...

  • Funerary Chest
    Funerary Chest

    R2 Cat. 227

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    1st or 2nd C. AD (Roman)

    The chest is profiled at the top and bottom of the wall and stands on four squat legs. The front imitates a wooden chest with metal trimmings. A rectangular lock plate is flanked by two spreading palmettes growing out of an acanthus calyx, all in low...

  • Chest
    Chest

    R2 Cat. 228

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    Date uncertain (Roman)

    A chest of solid stone has at its top a slightly raised platform, in which a round hollow has been cut, and also a channel to the back of the stone. This may have been for the insertion of a statue in the top. The front of the chest has in the center...

  • Small Head of a Woman?
    Small Head of a Woman?

    R2 Cat. 229

    Sculpture

    Serpentine, Stone

    5th or 4th Millennium BC (Neolithic)

    The head is broken from a figurine; enough of the neck remains to show that the head was turned to the proper r. and upward. There is a triangular crease in the center of the forehead. The eyes are asymmetrical, the r. one oval, the I. longer and sli...

  • Frieze with Grazing Deer
    Frieze with Grazing Deer

    R2 Cat. 230

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    600-550 BC (Lydian)

    The square joints at the sides are preserved. The flat moulding is similar to but thinner than that above the relief on Cat. 231 (Fig. 401). In Cat. 230, it runs horizontally below the frieze as a ground line. The relief shows a row of three grazing ...

  • Frieze of Horsemen
    Frieze of Horsemen

    R2 Cat. 231

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    550-450 BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The joint on the r. is square, that on the I. is beveled, with a plain vertical band in front indicating the end of the relief. There are two flat moldings along the top and bottom; the space above, below, and between is recessed; and the relief is i...

  • Relief with Head of Bearded Man
    Relief with Head of Bearded Man

    R2 Cat. 232

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    500-480 BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    The relief, which is probably from a funerary stele, was described by Richter, but renewed examination shows that the face is bearded and the nose big and elongated (cf. the bearded boxer, Richter, Archaic Gravestones, no. 31, fig. 92) The hairdo and...

  • Stele with Praying Woman
    Stele with Praying Woman

    R2 Cat. 233

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    450-425 BC (Late Lydian (Persian))

    Although there is no sign of dowelling on top, the stele probably had a covering element, possibly a palmette. A female figure facing to I. is placed freely and somewhat asymmetrically on a claw-chiseled background. The sides of the stele are also cl...