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’.


Watch our latest videos on our YouTube channelOur new video is an interview by Felicity Cobbing, Chief Executive and Curator of the Palestine Exploration Fund, with Dr. Mahmoud Hawari about the Landscape of Umayyad Khirbat al-Mafjar in the Jericho Oasis. Dr Mahmoud Hawari is currently teaching at Bethlehem University in Palestine. He was Lead Curator for the Sheikh Zaid National Museum Project in Abu Dhabi, and a Senior Research Associate at the University of Oxford.


Annual Research Grants 2022

Applications Open  The PEF Annual Research Grants for 2022 are now open! Go to our grant page for more details: Because the coronavirus pandemic

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