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Bet Shemesh, Israel excavation records

1032

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: Penn Museum Archives
Creator:
Grant, Elihu, 1873-1942
Title:
Bet Shemesh, Israel excavation records
Date [inclusive]:
1929-1933
Call Number:
1032
Extent:
5.2 Linear feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
Located approximately 12 miles west of Jerusalem, this site was originally excavated in 1911 and 1912 by Duncan Mackenzie for the Palestine Exploration Fund. Under the sponsorship of Haverford College, Haverford professor Elihu Grant undertook excavation at this mound from 1928 to 1931 and again in 1933. When the Bet Shemesh (Ain Shems) artifacts, known as the Haverford Collection, were purchased by the University Museum in 1962, the field notes, notes on pottery, drawings, photographs, and correspondence relating to these finds were also acquired.
Cite as:
[Item name]. Box [Box number]. Bet Shemesh, Israel excavation records. Penn Museum Archives. Accessed [Date accessed].
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Scope and Contents

University Museum research in Biblical archaeology is represented in the Archives not only by work at Beth Shean, but also by records describing work at Beit Shemesh (Ain Shems). Located approximately 12 miles west of Jerusalem, this site was originally excavated in 1911 and 1912 by Duncan Mackenzie for the Palestine Exploration Fund. Under the sponsorship of Haverford College, Haverford professor Elihu Grant undertook excavation at this mound from 1928 to 1931 and again in 1933. Grant was assisted from time to time by Clarence S. Fisher and Alan Rowe of the Museum.

Six strata were uncovered at Beit Shemesh (Ain Shems), revealing a settlement intermittently occupied from the Middle Bronze Age (18th century BC) through the Byzantine period. Some evidence of Neolithic and chalcolithic settlement was also recovered. When the Beit Shemesh (Ain Shems) artifacts, known as the Haverford Collection, were purchased by the University Museum in 1962, the field notes, notes on pottery, drawings, photographs, and correspondence relating to these finds were also acquired. The results of the excavations were published by Elihu Grant and G. Ernest Wright in a series entitled Ain Shems Excavations Parts I, II, III, and IV, published between 1929 and 1939.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: Penn Museum Archives,  1986

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Kathy Moreau and Georgie Grentzenberg

Use Restrictions

Although many items from the archives are in the public domain, copyright may be retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. The user is fully responsible for compliance with relevant copyright law.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

The objects that are described in this collection mostly reside at the Penn Museum, although a study collection of about twenty items are at Bryn Mawr College. Haverford College holds 115 or so objects -- mainly fragments. Only four have field numbers. They were all donated by a David Dunn, circa 2001.

A copy of a letter from Machteld Mellink to someone else at Bryn Mawr about the study collection resides in the files of the Keeper of the Near East section.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Haverford College.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Card catalogs
  • Correspondence
  • Field notes
Geographic Name(s)
  • Bet-Shemesh (extinct city)
  • Israel
Personal Name(s)
  • Grant, Elihu, 1873-1942
Subject(s)
  • Archaeological expeditions
  • Excavations (Archaeology)

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Collection Inventory

Field Notes, 1928-1936.

Box

Field notes [1 of 4], 1928-1930.

1

Field notes [2 of 4], 1928-1930.

1

Field notes [3 of 4], 1928-1930.

1

Field notes [4 of 4], 1928-1930.

1

Description of objects accessioned in 1934.

2

Philistine ware.

2

Painted pottery sherds.

2

Flasks.

2

Pots and strainers.

2

Imports to Beth Shemesh.

2

T.3.

2

Carinated bowls.

2

Jugs and juglets.

2

Jars.

2

Jugs and pitchers.

2

Misc. photographs.

2

[Excavation photo -- collage].

2

Pottery photos.

3

Levels IA - II 1 to 65.

3

Levels IA - II continued, 66 to 119.

3

Level III - V (1 to 70).

3

Level III - V (71-140).

3

Level III - V (141-211).

3

Field notes 1.

5

Field notes 2.

5

Field notes 3.

5

Field notes 4.

5

Field notes 5.

5

Drawings (& Field Notes).

Box

[Unlabelled drawings].

6

Drawings.

6

Drawings, 1933.

6

Drawings, rooms 300-398, stratum II and cistern.

6

Drawings, rooms 400-500.

6

Drawings.

6

Drawings, cisterns.

6

Drawings, north west cemetery.

6

Drawings, tomb I.

6

Field notes and drawings for tombs 1, 2 and 3.

6

Field notes, T.1, scrap.

6

Loose cards.

6

Projects (Notes & Misc.).

Box

Correspondence, Elihu Grant, 1928-1936.

7

Logistical.

7

Ain Shems (unprocessed).

7

Expedition article, 1961.

7

Chemical analysis.

7

Correspondence, fruit presses, 1932.

7

Progress cards, 1928 expedition.

7

Scraps 1928 and later.

7

Diaries.

7

Drawings of objects, 1928.

7

C.S. Fisher's notes (1929 expedition).

7

Pottery notes (probably Elihu Grant).

7

Cataloging notes.

7

Notes for publication.

7

Articles on Bet Shemesh.

7

Misc. drawings.

7

Pottery project.

7

Pottery project.

7

Scraps 1928 and later.

7

Photographs, 1929-1933.

Box

Vol I, 1929 Campaign, pp. 1-22.

8

Vol I, 1929 Campaign, pp. 23-55.

8

Vol I, 1929 Campaign, pp. 56-78.

8

Vol II, 1929 Campaign, pp. 79-96.

8

Vol II, 1929 Campaign, pp. 97-109.

8

Vol II, 1929 Campaign, pp. 113-130.

8

Vol III, 1929 Campaign, pp. 131-141.

8

Vol III, 1929 Campaign, pp. 132-160.

8

Vol III, 1929 Campaign, pp. 161-184.

8
1986 Accruals.
Accruals note

The following containers were transferred to the Archives on March 12, 1986 by Laurie Tiede, volunteer Keeper of the Syro-Palestinian Collections. They are unprocessed and no container listing has, as yet been made of them. They apparently contain Elihu Grant's Haverford materials.

Object field register [card file].

Box
9

Photographic materials. .

Box
10

Photographic materials. .

Box
11

Oversize, misc.

Box
11

Oversize, misc.

Box
12