Preliminary Guide to the Eric M. and Carol L. Meyers Papers, 1970-1981
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, Nabratein, and Gush Halav sites in Israel, biblical studies, Jewish artifacts, and ancient artifacts. English.
- Record Group
- Eric M. and Carol L. Meyers papers
- 35 Linear Feet
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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.
Accessions from 2010 and 2017 include materials from archeological digs in Nabratein, Meiron, Gush Halav, and Khirbet Shema.
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Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
How to Cite
[Identification of item], Eric M. and Carol L. Meyers Papers, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
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.
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.
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.
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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- Archaeology and religion
- Bible -- Study and teaching
- Coins, Arab
- Coins, Jewish
- Excavations (Archaeology)
- Excavations (Archaeology) -- Israel -- Meron
- Jews -- Antiquities
- Gush Halav Site (Israel)
- Israel -- Antiquities
- Meron (Israel) -- Antiquities
- Nabratein Site (Israel)
- Shema Site (Israel)
The Eric M. and Carol L. Meyers Papers were received by the University Archives as a gift in 1982; 1988; 1994; 2003; 2010.
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.
UA2017.0065 added by Tracy M. Jackson, December 2017.