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Preliminary Guide to the Eric M. and Carol L. Meyers Papers, 1970 - 1980

Summary

Eric M. and Carol L. Meyers are professors in Duke University's Department of Religion. Throughout their careers, they have conducted archeological digs in relation to their interest in biblical and Judaic studies. The Eric M. and Carol L. Meyers Papers contain materials related to several major excavations the pair conducted in Israel in the 1970s. The materials in the collection include binders and notebooks of notes, charts, and records; notecards; photographs; coins; and drawings. Topics include archaeology, the Meiron, Khirbet Shema, and Gush Halav sites in Israel, biblical studies, Jewish artifacts, and ancient artifacts. English.

Collection Details

Record Group
UA.29.02.0027
Title
Eric M. and Carol L. Meyers papers
Date
1970 - 1980
Extent
35 Linear Feet
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
English.

Collection Overview

The collection (A82-72, A88-0040, A94-116) includes binders, notebooks, notecards, photographs, and drawings related to major Israeli archeological digs in Meiron and Khribet Shema. Materials have been kept in the binders and folders in which they were received. The collection is organized by accession number, but materials in separate accession number groups are intrinsically connected.

The addition (A2003-30) includes binders from an archeological dig in Gush Halav, and Arabic and Jewish coins from the Meiron and Khirbet Shema digs.

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[Identification of item], Eric M. and Carol L. Meyers Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

1. Accession Number 82-72

These materials contain information about the Meyerses' digs in Meiron and Khirbet Shema in Israel during the early and mid-1970s. These notes and records were later used as sources for two books co-written by the Meyerses, Excavations at Ancient Meiron, Upper Galilee, Israel 1971-72, 1974-75, 1977, and Ancient Synagogue Excavations at Khirbet Shema, Upper Galilee, Israel 1970-1972. The letters and numbers used to identify the various binders and folders (i.e. MV 4) indicate a particular physical part of the excavation site. Only some of the binders and folders are dated.

MV 1, 2, 3, 4
Box 1
MV 4
Box 1
MBI 1, 3
Box 1
MBI 2
Box 1
MV 5, 1975
Box 1
MVI
Box 1
MVII 3
Box 1
MVII 2, 1977
Box 1
MVII 1, 1977
Box 1
C-6 (MI 3) and C-7 (MVII 1), 1975-1977
Box 1
MI 2, 1975
Box 2
MII 4, 1977
Box 2
MIV 2, 1974
Box 2
C-1 (MIII 4) and C-2, 1972-1974
Box 2
MII 3, 1977
Box 2
MII 5
Box 2
MI 3, 1975
Box 2
MI 4
Box 2
MIII 3, 6, 7
Box 2
MIII 4, 5
Box 2
Photos, M, 2", 1974
Box 3
M, B&W [photos], 1975
Box 3
M, 35mm photos, 1972-1974
Box 3
MIII, 1, 2
Box 3
MI 5
Box 4
MI 6
Box 4
MI 1, 3
Box 4
MI 2
Box 4
MI 2, 8
Box 4
MI 7, 8
Box 4
MI 1, 2, 1972
Box 4
Field notebooks for Khirbet Shema excavation, 1970-1972
Box 5
Field notebooks for Khirbet Shema excavation, 1970-1972
Box 6
[Khirbet Shema Weekly Reports], 1971
Box 7
Meiron Weekly Reports, 1977
Box 7
Meiron Weekly Reports, 1972
Box 7
Meiron Pottery Readings and Critical Locus List, 1974
Box 7
[Khibet Shema Weekly Reports (4 binders)], 1970-1971
Box 7
Khibet Shema Registry, 1970-1971
Box 7

2. Accession number A88-0040

These 6.5" x 9" registry cards were produced to document artifacts found at the Khirbet Shema and Meiron archeological sites in Israel in the 1970s. Some of the cards feature pencil drawings of the objects.

Registry cards for artifacts from Khirbet Shema and Meiron sites, 1970-1977
Box 7

3. Accession number A94-116

These field notebooks from the Khirbet Shema excavation in Israel date from 1971. The letters and numbers used to identify the notebooks indicate specific physical places at the excavation site.

NW VII.27, 1971
Box 7
SE II.8[15], 1971
Box 7
SE II.1[7-8], 1971
Box 7
SE II.7[14], 1971
Box 7
I.1, 1977-1978
Box 8
I.2, 1978
Box 8
I.3, 1977
Box 8
I.4, 1977-1978
Box 8
I.5, 1977
Box 8
I.6, 1978
Box 8
Khirbet Shema coin samples, 1970-1974
Box 9
Meiron coin samples, 1977
Box 10
Khirbet Shema coin samples, 1970-1975
Box 10
Photo File, Coin Negatives, 1977
Box 11
Transcript of Conference with Ya'akov Meshorer on Meiron, 1980
Box 11
Tyrian Influence in the Upper Galilee, by Richard S. Hanson, 1980
Box 11
Khirbet Shema coin samples, 1971-1974
Box 11
Meiron coin samples, 1977
Box 11
Khirbet Shema Arabic coin samples, 1970-1971
Box 11
Old Correspondence: Summer Program [from students]
Box 25
Summer Program 1974 (and 73 - HOC), 1973-1974
Box 25
MEP: Meiron - Publication Materials, IAA (IDA) records
Box 25
Photos - Meiron - Objects
Box 25
Meiron - Photos/ Prints
Box 25
Appendix D [possibly C): Foodstuffs Lr/Shultz Wiesel
Box 25
MI Materials
Box 25
N80 N81 Group Photos
Box 25
NAB Press Releases, 1980
Box 25
NAB 81 (ark), Clippings, Press, Letters, etc
Box 25
Gush Halav - Publication matters and IAA documents
Box 25
Group Photos M/GH 77 and GH 78, 1977-1978
Box 25
Pottery Readings GH 77, 78, 1977-1978
Box 25
Gush Halav 77/78 Coin Readings
Box 25
[unlabeled pouch of photos and documents, possibly 'GH' related]
Box 25
GH 77 /78 Working Drawings of architectural frags, reconstructions
Box 25
Working Drawings for stratigraphic analysis GH 77/78
Box 25
Unlabled, GH related images / drawings,
Box 25
Gush Halav - negatives, photos of drawings
Box 25
Figures [possibly Gush Halav]
Box 25
Drawings
Box 25
Gush Halav plates of various objects, metal items and lamps
(8 envelopes)
Box 25
Gush Halav pottery plates
(32 envelopes)
Box 25
Meiron Book- chs. I, II and III, extra prints of figures/drawings
Box 26
Carol Asamec, stone obj?
Box 26
Photos - Meiron - Field Shots
Box 26
Meiron Baulk Drawings
Box 26
Meiron arch frags to be inked
Box 26
Meiron - MII4 - Passover Rm an F (and RM C), objects potter [photographs] Folder: Khirbat Shema, photos, etc
Box 26
Supervisor's Manual Kh. Shema, '72, 1972
Box 26
Work Drawings [Meiron?]
Box 26
C-2 Negatives pottery
Box 26
Meiron volume, chs IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, extra copies of figs (drawings) 5 folders Meiron Negatives
Box 26
Unpublished drawings from Meiron
Box 26
Loose drawings
Box 26
Pictures and drawings
Box 26
Pack of Meiron "pottery description sheets" with drawings
Box 26
Meiron Pottery and object plates
(15 envelopes)
Box 26
Meiron negatives
Box 26
Negatives or transparency sheets(?) labeled with chapter numbers, ex "chpt 4"
(5 envelopes)
Box 26
Drawings Kh. Shema
Box 26
Slides extra slides and negative strips - Meiron most likely
Box 26
"Ml 1" "MI 4" "MI 5" and "MI 6" containing drawings
(4 folders)
Box 26
Transparencies and Xeroxed images of objects
(2 folders)
Box 26
Boo:, Ancient Synagogue Excavations at Khirbet Shema ', Upper Galilee, Israel 1970-1972
Box 27
Slide book/binder: "Master Slide collection" Khirbet Shema' 1970-1971, includes Table of contents for slide books 1 - 4. This appears to be book 1
Box 27
Slide books/binders: Khribet Shema Slides vols. II - IV (see book l for table of contents for these books)
(3 binders)
Box 27
Book: Meiron Excavation Project, Volume V, Excavations at the Ancient Synagogue of Gush Halav
Box 28
Book: Meiron Excavation Project, Volume VI, Excavations at Ancient Nabrathein: Synagogue and Environs
Box 28
Slide book/binder: Meiron, Mil, MIii (synagogue), MV, MVI, MVII Objects
Box 28
Binder: Meiron Book, Illustrations, plates (key to plates), drawings
Box 28
Binder of photographs and negatives: Meiron/GH 1977 B/W
Box 28
Small books of photography logs predominantly from Meiron and Gush Halav 77-78 and undated. One book includes material from KS 1972.
(9 books)
Box 29
Slide book/binder: Gush Halav
Box 29
Gush Halav photographs and negatives ( one binder dated 1978)
(2 binders)
Box 29
Book: Excavations at Ancient Meiron, Upper Galilee, Israel 1971-72, 1974-75, 1977
Box 29
Nabratein Papers, binders labeld 1.1-1.7, circa 1980
(7 binders)
Box 12
Binder: "NAB 80, 81" Nabratein papers and slides
Box 13
Nabratein Papers, some binders labeled: II.I, III. 1-4, IV. 1-3,
(6 binders)
Box 13
Video tape: Finding Nabratein
Box 14
Black and white images Nabratein
(4 binders)
Box 14
Binder: "Final reports, N80, N81"
Box 14
Khirbet Shema '71, vols. 1-111, photographs and negatives
(3 binders)
Box 15
Binder: Khribet Shema '72, negatives and proof sheets
Box 15
Binder: Khirbet Sberna '70, photographs
Box 16
Khirbet Shema '72, negatives and photographs
(2 binders)
Box 16
Khirbet Shema, negatives and drawings
(2 binders)
Box 16
Binder: Meiron papers
Box 16
Khirbet Shema negatives and drawing from Khribet Sberna and Meiron
Box 17
Drawings and Pictures from unknown excavation
Box 18
Nabratein drawings, photographs and papers
Box 19
Nabratein drawings, photographs and papers
Box 20
Nabratein drawings, photographs and papers
Box 21
Gush Halav papers, slides and drawings. Meiron photographs.
Box 22
Meiron slides, photographs, papers and drawings
Box 23
Nabratein pottery descriptions by plate number, Khirbet Shema slides,
Box 24
Meiron drawings
Oversize-folder 1
Meiron drawings
Oversize-folder 2
Meiron drawings
Oversize-folder 3
Nabratein drawings
Oversize-folder 4
Drawings from unknown excavation
Oversize-folder 5
 

Historical Note

Eric M. and Carol L. Meyers are both professors in the Department of Religion at Duke University.

Eric M. Meyers joined Duke in 1969, after receiving his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Since joining the faculty of Duke, Eric Meyers has published extensively in the fields of biblical archeology and Judaism, often collaborating with wife Carol Meyers. He has also directed many archeological excavations in Israel and Italy. Eric Meyers is now Bernice and Morton Lerner Professor of Judaic Studies, and directs the Graduate Program in Religion.

Carol L. Meyers received her Ph.D. from Brandeis University, and joined Duke in 1977. Like her husband, Carol Meyers also focuses on biblical archeology and biblical studies, and is especially interested in the role of women in the biblical world. She has published widely, and directs many archeological excavations. She is Co-Director of Duke's Summer in Israel Program, and also directs undergraduate studies in the Duke Department of Religion. The holder of the Mary Grace Wilson Professorship in Religion, Carol Meyers is also an affiated faculty member in the Women Studies Program at Duke.


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Provenance

The Eric M. and Carol L. Meyers Papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 1982; 1988; 1994; 2003; 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by Valerie Gillispie

Completed May 29, 2003

Additions processed by Valerie Gillispie

Completed July 30, 2003

Encoded by Valerie Gillispie, May 29, 2003; Updated, July 30, 2003

Updated in 2009.

UA2010.0011 and UA2010.0034 added by Tracy M. Jackson, July 2017.