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Harvard University (Cambridge, MA 02138-3800)
George M. Hanfmann (Project Director: April 1970 to present)

Archeological Exploration of Sardis

Multi-disciplinary archeological project designed to recreate history of Sardis from 5000 BC to 1500 AD; and to restore important examples of buildings and monuments. ABSTRACT: Joint Harvard-Cornell effort, project been in progress since 1957. A multi-disciplinary archeological project designed to recreate history of Sardis from 5000 BC to 1500 AD; and to restore and preserve important examples of buildings and monuments. Sardis, hub of area crucial for cultural contacts of Mediterranean and Near Eastern cultures, as well as the development of Lydian kingdom, terminus of Royal Road of Persian empire and place where coinage was invented. Aside from main purpose, has been found that millenial contacts between Europe and Asia disclose new aspects of rise of Western civilization and its discoveries provide new perspectives in history, art, religion, economics and philology. Four objectives in sight for 1970; intensive field work to serve research prepatory to publication of Acopolis, Lydian Market and Gold Refinery; specialized research on all data from 1958-1969; conservation and restoration and complete largest scale activity at Roman gymnasium and continuance of educational interdisciplinary programs. All plans for 1969 were completed. In 1970, extensive field work reduced to small-scale, with more emphasis put on research and publication. New data, especially in the fields of religion, linguistics and economics, raised fundamental questions that can be answered by research in US. Significant factors of the project remain the bettering of America's cultural and scholarly image and the subsequent inter-cultural benefits in relationship betwee US and Turkey.

Project fields:

Basic Research

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$30,500 (approved)
$30,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/1970 – 6/30/1971