Gladys Davidson Weinberg— 1985 Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement
Gladys Davidson Weinberg began her archaeological career as a member of The Johns Hopkins University expedition to Olynthus (1931). She continued in Greece in 1932 as a Fellow of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, then (1933-1939) as a member of the American School Excavations at Corinth. In 1935 she received her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins for her dissertation on the minor finds from the Corinth excavations. This research was to culminate in Corinth XII:The Minor Finds, an encyclopaedic publication of some 3,000 excavated objects ranging from Neolithic objects to Byzantine bread stamps. Her interest was to focus on the glass objects in this collection, and in her search to unravel the secrets of ancient glass manufacture. Gladys Weinberg was to become one of the world's foremost authorities on the subject. She sought for glass factories from Tarrha, Crete, to Jalame in the Western Galilee of Israel. She has published numerous articles on glass from collections all over the world. Her pioneering studies on ancient and mediaeval glass and its manufacture throughout the Mediterranean have shed light on the trade and technology of preindustrial societies. Her work has pointed the way for a new generation of scholars.
Gladys Weinberg's scholarly expertise and intellectual acumen have been felt well beyond the field of glass studies. As Curator and one of the founders of the Museum of Art and Archaeology of the University of Missouri she has helped gather, publish, and exhibit to the public a collection that ranks among the very best in American university museums. As Editor of Archaeology magazine from 1952 to 1967 she exercised her formidable abilities to encourage her colleagues to present their insights and contributions in a clear and cogent form. Her endeavors have fostered a continuing exchange of ideas which has immeasurably enriched the discipline of archaeology.
All of us who have had the privilege to work with Gladys Weinberg have benefited from a model of uncompromising scholarly standards and outspoken dedication to excellence. Not least, she is an individual of great personal warmth and generosity, whose lively approach to the study of antiquity is an inspiration to us all. An evening spent in Gladys Weinberg's company, listening to her vivid accounts of early excavations, has been a memorable part of the archaeological education of students and colleagues alike from Missouri to Athens to Jerusalem.
It is with great respect, gratitude, and affection that the Archaeological Institute of America presents Gladys Davidson Weinberg with its Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement