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

Abstract

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.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Eric M. and Carol L. Meyers papers 1970 - 1980
Creator
Meyers, Carol L. Meyers, Eric M.
Extent
16.5 Linear Feet , 16,500 Items
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
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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Contents of the Collection

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

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

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

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.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

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

Provenance

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

Processing Information

Processed by Valerie Gillispie

Completed May 29, 2003

Additions minimally processed by Valerie Gillispie

Completed July 30, 2003

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.