Harvard archaeologists probe the secrets of Sardis

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 12:20 in Paleontology & Archaeology

One of the most prestigious and longest university archaeological excavations in the world, Sardis stands alone. The two-millennia-old site in western Turkey is more than its Lydian pottery or striking acropolis. As a series of presentations and discussions at the Harvard Art Museums made clear, it is also a community, where faculty and students, interns and archivists share the important work, much of which is done after the shovels and sieves have been put away. The talk on Friday, part of Worldwide Week at Harvard 2018, began with presentations by several faculty and museum staff members involved in the exploration. Susanne Ebbinghaus, the George M.A. Hanfmann Curator of Ancient Art and head of the division of Asian and Mediterranean Art at the Harvard Art Museums, opened the event, describing the site and the scope of the venture, which is now in its 60th year. Adrian Stähli, professor of classical archaeology in the Department...

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