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re: P. Silberberg-Zilwer's work on the tombs excavated by Weill at Gezer

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  • aren
    Jack Sasson has kindly passed on the following extremely interesting information: From Charles Zelwer : Je me permets de vous
    Message 1 of 3 , Dec 8, 2012
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      Jack Sasson has kindly passed on the following extremely interesting information:

      From Charles Zelwer <zelwer@...>:

      "Je me permets de vous solliciter sur la recommandation de Robert
      MERRILLEES, archéologue spécialiste de Chypre. Il m'a en effet aidé de
      ses conseils éclairés pour la parution sur le site WEB du Centre de
      Recherche Français de Jérusalem (CRFJ) du mémoire de ma tante, Paula
      SILBERBERG-ZELWER, consacré aux fouilles de Raymond WEILL à Gézer en
      1914 et 1924.

      Ma tante n'a jamais pu soutenir sa thèse car elle a été déportée à
      Auschwitz en 1942, alors que son manuscrit était en cours
      d'achèvement. Son manuscrit a transité par son mari, lui aussi déporté
      en 1944, puis est passé entre les mains de plusieurs membres de ma
      famille et a été oublié jusqu'en 2008.

      En m'appuyant sur mon expérience de chercheur au CNRS et sur les
      contacts que j'ai pu nouer, j'ai pris en charge avec Jean-Baptiste
      HUMBERT (Ecole Biblique d'Archéologie française - Jérusalem) la
      réhabilitation du manuscrit pour aboutir à une présentation publiable
      sur le WEB mettant à la portée des spécialistes, les aspects originaux
      de ce travail de recherche et rendant hommage à la mémoire de ma
      tante.

      La publication d'une note informative dans "AGADE", bulletin consacré
      aux nouvelles archéologiques sur le Proche-Orient et dont vous êtes le
      directeur, constituerait pour nous une aide précieuse, ainsi qu'un
      soutien au CRFJ qui a obligeamment accepté de nous héberger sur son
      site WEB.

      Le lien vers le mémoire de ma tante est: <http://www.crfj.org/?p=430>
      ou <http://www.crfj.org/?cat=17>.

      Charles Zelwer
      63 Quai de Prague
      45100 Orléans
      zelwer@..."

      Personally, to me, this is very moving (even though I already heard that it was going to come out from R. Merrillees). This newly published work, while outdated in light of research since the time that it was completed in the 1940s), will add much to what could be understand about these important, early excavations, in addition to the information in volume that I published on the objects from these tombs almost a decade ago (Maeir, A. M. 2004. Bronze and Iron Age Tombs at Tel Gezer, Israel: Finds from the Excavations by Raymond-Charles Weill in 1914 and 1921, N. British Archaeological Reports International Series 1206. Oxford: Archaeopress).
      At the time that I had worked on this volume, I had searched high and low but did not manage to find anyone who knew where this manuscript was. I am so glad that it came out.
      Charles Zilwer is to be deeply thanked for bringing to light the work of late aunt, who was murdered by the Nazis in WW II.

      It is truly "הֲלוֹא זֶה אוּד מֻצָּל מֵאֵשׁ" (Zech 3:2).

      Aren Maeir
      gath.wordpress.com
    • aren
      Since the last part of my last message came out as gibberish, I had quoted Zech 3:2: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire? Aren Maeir
      Message 2 of 3 , Dec 8, 2012
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        Since the last part of my last message came out as gibberish, I had quoted Zech 3:2: "is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?"

        Aren Maeir
        gath.wordpress.com
      • Joseph Weinstein
        Will small wonders never cease? Silberberg-Zilwer s study on the tombs excavated by Weill at Gezer is chock-full of useful information. Has anyone attempted to
        Message 3 of 3 , Dec 12, 2012
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          Will small wonders never cease? Silberberg-Zilwer's study on the tombs
          excavated by Weill at Gezer is chock-full of useful information.

          Has anyone attempted to cross-correlate the artifacts studied by
          Silberberg-Zilwer with those published by Aren Maeir? I have gotten as
          far as realizing that Silberberg-Zilwer renumbered the tombs in
          chronological order, whereas the few provenance markings quoted by Maeir
          used the original tomb numbering. Consequently, Maier T.1 =
          Silberberg-Zilwer T.7 (LB II), Maeir T.3 = Silberberg-Zilwer T.8 (also
          LB II), Maier T.9 = SIlberberg-Zilwer T.9 (Iron). The items from these
          tombs largely correspond, and I have been able to identify a few others
          as well . However, there also seem to be items published by Maeir that
          do not appear in Silberberg-Zilwer's catalog at all, such as the three
          MB cylindrical juglets (Maeir 6.11, 6.12, and 6.17).


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          Joseph Weinstein
          Senior Technical Scientist
          BBN Technologies
          10 Moulton St.,
          Cambridge, MA 02138
          617-873-3308
          weinstein@...
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