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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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  • Lion-Headed Table Leg
    Lion-Headed Table Leg

    R2 Cat. 257

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

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

    Roaring lion supports a moulded plinth with inscription:

    The inscription may refer to erotes or satyrs who carry off jars and food. The piece may have stood against a wall, supporting a shelf.

  • Head of a Horse
    Head of a Horse

    R2 Cat. 258

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    (Hellenistic)

    The head, which is turned slightly to the r., has a close-cropped mane which swings to the l. at the top. The horse's ears were erect. His lively face has small eyes beneath heavy bones, large and distended nostrils, and an open mouth with teeth show...

  • Seated Cybele
    Seated Cybele

    R2 Cat. 259

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    Late Hellenistic (Roman)

    In plan the statue is a not quite regular rectangle with a projection for the feet. Seen from the back, the lines of the base slant to the l. The goddess sits on the high-backed throne with her legs slightly to proper l. She wears a low polos without...

  • Lid of Sarcophagus of "Pamphylian" Type
    Lid of Sarcophagus of "Pamphylian" Type

    R2 Cat. 260

    Sculpture, Sarcophagus

    Marble, Stone

    Late 2nd C. AD (Roman)

    There are very carefully trimmed rectangular bosses (H. 0.10; W. 0.14) at the centers of both ends of the sarcophagus and two on each side. The pediment has a plain epistyle, fine dentils, a Lesbian cyma, and plain band. A gutter decorated with doubl...

  • Small Recumbent Lion
    Small Recumbent Lion

    R2 Cat. 261

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    early 6th C. BC (Lydian)

    The archaic smooth-maned, recumbent lion is facing straight ahead. The head is large and round. The flanks and lower legs are nearly straight and vertical. The ruff and low mane are barely rising over the forehead; there is no trace of a back mane. T...

  • Funerary Stele, Latin
    Funerary Stele, Latin

    R2 Cat. 262

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    1st C. BC (Hellenistic)

    The stele is rectangular with a tenon at the bottom for insertion into another block. Represented on the relief panel are a standing man and woman, three children, and a servant, and in the center background a flat pillar which probably carried an ep...

  • Hekate
    Hekate

    R2 Cat. 263

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    2nd C. AD (Roman)

    The three-headed Hekate has a common trunk and polos, and three arms. The faces are badly worn, but are flat, with prominent rounded chins. The hair, parted in the middle, falls in undifferentiated tresses to the shoulders. Breasts are clearly deline...

  • Stele with Orans
    Stele with Orans

    R2 Cat. 264

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    228 AD (Roman)

    Set within a slight rectangular depression and standing on a narrow ledge is a standing woman, identified as Trophime in the inscription. In a frontal position, she raises her r. hand in prayer; the l. is at her side. She wears a chiton and a himatio...

  • Relief with Two Soldiers and Dedication
    Relief with Two Soldiers and Dedication

    R2 Cat. 265

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    4th C. AD? (Roman)

    In a narrowly recessed rectangular panel stand two soldiers in military dress, their r. hands raised in folds, and they wear a triangular-shaped over-fold with incised parallel V-folds. They also wear boots. The two figures are frontal; there is no e...

  • Unfinished Herakles
    Unfinished Herakles

    R2 Cat. 266

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    Date unascertainable (Roman)

    The unfinished standing frontal male holds his r. arm, bent upwards at the elbow, away from his body. The l. arm is not clear but the vertical, undulating band along the l. side may be a club (therefore, figure thought to be Herakles). The head and h...

  • Head of Dionysus
    Head of Dionysus

    R2 Cat. 267

    Sculpture

    Limestone, Stone

    3rd C. AD (Roman)

    A horizontal diadem is worn across the top of the forehead. The hair is long and wavy, with ivy and grape bunches, crudely modeled, and with occasional drill holes. At the back the hair is flat. The inner corners of the eyes and pupils are drilled. T...

  • Draped Female Torso
    Draped Female Torso

    R2 Cat. 268

    Sculpture

    Marble, Stone

    2nd-3rd C. AD (Roman)

    The figure appears to have been moving toward r. with r. arm raised, left lowered and probably held against her stomach, where there is a prominent break. A lock of hair lies on her l. shoulder, falling over the graceful wide neckline of the high-gir...