Carol Meyers presented with 2014 P. E. Macalister Field Archaeology Award

Monday, December 1, 2014
Carol Meyers presented with 2014 P. E. Macalister Field Archaeology Award

Carol Meyers was presented with the 2014 P. E. Macalister Field Archaeology Award, which honors an archaeologist who, during his/her career, has made outstanding contributions to ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean archaeology. The award was presented in San Diego on November 20 at a session of the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

Professor Meyers, Mary Grace Wilson Professor of Religious Studies, has made an outstanding contribution to ancient Near Eastern and Eastern Mediterranean archaeology through her extensive fieldwork, numerous publications, selfless service to the guild, and conscientious mentoring of students and colleagues. Codirecting excavations at six sites in the Galilee, she, together with Eric Meyers, set the groundwork for explorations of Galilean synagogues and was an early pioneer of a regional approach. Prof. Meyers has used her archaeological field experience to inform her scholarship brilliantly as she has shaped the field of biblical studies especially in such areas as the religious culture of Israelite women, the ancient family, and household organization.  Her most visible archaeological contributions are her material culture-based studies that cover periods from the Iron Age to the early Roman Period. Her ability to tum these material items into more synthetic understandings of ancient Israel is unique. Her archaeological research has shaped and transformed our understanding of ancient Israel, as well as its place in the larger biblical world. Prof. Carol Meyers is widely recognized as one of the preeminent scholars and archaeologists of the 21st century.