Linked to the PEF’s collection of Archaeological Objects is a collection of casts of objects from PEF excavations, the originals of which were either transferred to the Istanbul during the Ottoman era, or remained in Jerusalem (and now part of collections within the Rockefeller Museum). Excavations represented in the cast collection include those of Bliss and Macalister in the Shephelah, and Bliss and Dickie in Jerusalem, and Macalister’s excavations at Gezer.
The inscriptions comprise of casts, squeezes and transcriptions of inscriptions from PEF explorations and those taken by individual travellers throughout the Levant. They include examples of the Siloam Inscription discovered by Conrad Schick and accurately transcribed by Conder and Mantell in the 1880s, the Thanatos Inscription from the Herodian Temple in Jerusalem, and the original casts of the Hamath Hittite Inscriptions brought back to the PEF by Richard Burton. There are also casts of famous Mesha or Moabite Stele from Dhiban, the Balu‘a stele, and the Egyptianizing ‘Mekal’ Stela from Beth Shan.
Above right: Plaster cast of the famous Mesha Stele or Moabite Stone, discovered at Dhiban (Biblical Dibon) in Transjordan in 1868 by the German Pastor, Joseph Klein. The original object is now in the Louvre, Paris. (PEF-C&I-Mesha Stela)
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