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Weinberg, Saul S.


WEINBERG, SAUL S. (1911–1992), U.S. educator and archaeologist. Born in Chicago, Weinberg received an M.S. in architectural history from the University of Illinois in 1933 and a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins in 1935. He spent much time in Greece between 1936 and 1948. In 1948 he began his academic career at the University of Missouri and was appointed professor of classical archaeology in 1956. In 1957 he and his wife Gladys founded the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri, and in 1961 he became its director. Weinberg distinguished himself as a teacher, excavator, scholar, and museologist. He participated in or directed excavations in Greece (at Corinth and Elateia), Cyprus (at Kourion and Episkopi), Crete (at Tarrha), and Israel (at Tel Anafa and Shamir). In 1969 he became chief curator of the Biblical and Archaeological Department of the Israel Museum and also taught prehistory at The Hebrew University. In 1975 he was made a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1985 he and Gladys received the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Archaeology, and in 1986 they received the Percie Schimmel Award of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, for archaeological exploration in Bible lands.

In addition to numerous articles, Weinberg published two volumes of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens publications, Geometric and Orientalizing Pottery (1943) and The Southeast Building, The Twin Basilica, The Mosaic House (1960), and also published The Stone Age in the Aegean (Cambridge Ancient History, 1 (19652), ch. 10). He edited The Aegean and the Near East: Studies Presented to Hetty Goldman… (1956).

Gladys Davidson Weinberg (1909–2002), also an archaeologist, was one of the foremost authorities on ancient and medieval glass. She specialized in ancient miniature art. She was the editor of Archaeology magazine from 1952 to 1967 and curator of Ancient Art of the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri from 1962 to 1973. She served as assistant director of the museum from 1973 to 1977, after which she was a research fellow. She was made an honorary life member of the Archaeological Institute of America. Her books include Small Objects from Pnyx (with Dorothy Burr Thompson, 1942); Corinth: The Minor Objects (1952); Excavations at Jalame, Site of a Glass Factory in Late Roman Palestine (1988); and Selected Glass Vessels in the National Museum, Athens, Greece (1992).

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Ruth Beloff (2nd ed.)]

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