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Research and Excavations at Sardis

Ancient building ruins and brown mosaic floors, topped by a modern white roof.
A view of the synagogue at Sardis, showcasing the newly installed roof, which was designed to protect the building and its mosaic floors. The protective covering was made possible through the generous support of Patrick Healy. © Archaeological Exploration of Sardis/President and Fellows of Harvard College.


Harvard Art Museums, Menschel Hall, Lower Level
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

In this year’s Sardis Biennial lecture, Professor Nicholas D. Cahill of the University of Wisconsin-Madison will discuss recent excavations at Sardis, one of the great ancient cities of western Türkiye from the Bronze Age to the Middle Ages. The Archaeological Exploration of Sardis has been sponsored by Harvard University and Cornell University since 1958 and is authorized by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Recent accomplishments at the site include the discovery of some of the world’s earliest silver coins in a historical context, the restoration of antiquity’s largest synagogue, and the unearthing of Roman houses destroyed by a devastating earthquake.

Nicholas D. Cahill, Field Director, Archaeological Exploration of Sardis, and Professor of Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Free admission, but seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on 480 Broadway. Doors will open at 5:30pm.

Limited complimentary parking is available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

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