College of Letters & Science

Drones and the Dig

Dr. Nick Cahill, the Simona and Jerome Chazen Distinguished Chair in Art History and field director of Harvard's archaeological expedition at Sardis in Western Turkey, recently spoke at Harvard about the significance of the site and new discoveries made this summer. Legendary for its wealth and gold in the time of King Croesus, as well as for inventing some of the world's first coinage, Sardis was the capital of the Lydian empire from the 7th c. BCE and became a crossroads between Europe and Asia. In an article in the "Harvard Gazette," undergraduate and graduate students described the rewarding experience of participating in the dig. Check out the stunning new drone video by Professor Cahill's Sardis team!