The Palestine Exploration Fund

The PEF was founded in 1865 and is the oldest organization in the world created specifically for the study of the Levant, the southern portion of which was conventionally known as ‘Palestine’.


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Our first video is Yusif Kanaan and the Palestine Exploration Fund: local agency in the exploration of Palestine in the late 19th and early 20th century. An interview with Dr Sarah Irving, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Edge Hill University by Dr Casey Strine, Chairman of the Palestine Exploration Fund and Senior Lecturer in Ancient Near Eastern History, University of Sheffield.


Yusif Khattar Kana’an

Yusif Khattar Kana’an’s name won’t be familiar to most people interested in the Palestine Exploration Fund or early archaeology in the Middle East. Unlike the

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Elizabeth Anne Finn, 1825-1921

Born in 1825 in Warsaw to the future professor of Hebrew at King’s College London, Elizabeth Anne McCaul; later Finn, started and ended her life immersed in the history of Palestine.