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New Digs and Discoveries at Sardis in Turkey

Archaeologist John Sigmier (Harvard University) excavates an early Roman furnace. © Archaeological Exploration of Sardis

Archaeologist John Sigmier (Harvard University) excavates an early Roman furnace. © Archaeological Exploration of Sardis

Thursday, March 14, 2013
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Arthur M. Sackler Museum, 485 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02138

New Digs and Discoveries at Sardis in Turkey
Sardis Biennial Lecture

Nicholas D. Cahill, Professor of Art History, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Director, Archaeological Exploration of Sardis, Harvard Art Museums and Cornell University

In the last two years, archaeological research by the Harvard-Cornell expedition at Sardis, in western Turkey, has produced a wealth of surprising discoveries. This lecture will present these new findings, including excavation in the area believed to be the palace of Croesus and of his predecessors, the wealthiest kings of the 7th and 6th centuries BC. New analyses of the world’s first coins, minted at Sardis, force us to reconsider the origin of coinage, and excavations in the Hellenistic and Roman temple of Artemis—the fourth-largest Ionic temple in the world—reveal previously unsuspected phases in the history of this fascinating building.

A reception follows the lecture.

Free admission.

For more information, please contact Robin Woodman at 617-495-3940 or robin_woodman [at] harvard [dot] edu.

Complimentary parking at Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street.

The Sardis Biennial Lecture is sponsored by the Archaeological Exploration of Sardis to present new excavation finds and current research. Work at Sardis is authorized by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism and has been sponsored by the Harvard Art Museums and Cornell University since 1958.