Saul S. Weinberg— 1985 Gold Medal Award for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement
Saul S. Weinberg began his archaeological career at Olynthus when, after completing a B.S. and M.S. in architecture at the University of Illinois, he joined the staff of the Johns Hopkins excavations in 1934. He went on to receive his Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from Johns Hopkins in 1936 and returned to Greece as the ALA. Fellow to the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. He served as a member of the staff of the American School excavations at Corinth from 1937 through 1939 and again from 1946 to 1948. The fruits of his work at Corinth illustrate dramatically the remarkable range of Saul Weinberg's scholarship and his prodigious productivity In short order there appeared "Remains from Prehistoric Corinth," a major article in Hesperia on the Neolithic materials from Corinth, followed rapidly by Corinth VII, 1-Geometric and Orientalizing Pottery; a second Corinth volume, Corinth I, 5-The Southeast Building, The Twin Basilicas, The Mosaic House, reconstructs large part of the Roman Forum of the city. Greek prehistory remained his first love, however, and his excavations at Kourion, Episkopi, and Elateia serve to illuminate some of the darker patches of prehistoric chronology. His 1970 chapter in the Cambridge Ancient History on the Stone Age in the Aegean remains today the most useful overview of the problems in this rapidly changing field of scholarship. In recent years he has turned his talents to the archaeology of Palestine with his excavations at the Hellenistic settlement of Tel Anafa in the Upper Galilee of Israel.
Students throughout the world have benefited from Saul Weinberg's archaeological expertise; he has taught at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem and the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has communicated his high intellectual standards to generations of students at the University of Missouri at Columbia where he joined the faculty of Classical Languages and Archaeology in 1948. He went on there to become Chairman of that department and co-founder and Chairman of a new Department of Art History and Archaeology. His efforts at public education, however, were not limited to university students. Together with Gladys Weinberg he was responsible for founding the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri and building that collection into one of the most noted in the Midwest which, through a model program of community outreach, is accessible to an audience well beyond the university community. The Israel Museum in Jerusalem, where he was head of the Archaeological Museums from 1969 to 1971, also profited greatly from his wide-ranging interests and expertise.
Saul Weinberg is a man of quiet humor, indomitable spirit, and selfless dedication in the search for knowledge. His record of consistent publications is one to be admired and, we hope, emulated by future archaeologists. It is with great pride and no little awe that the Archaeological Institute of America awards its Gold Medal for Distinguished Archaeological Achievement to Saul S. Weinberg