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 STATEMENT ON THE TRAGEDY UNFOLDING IN PALESTINE AND ISRAEL.
The Palestine Exploration Fund has a long history of over 150 years of engagement in the Middle East. We consider ourselves to be a non-political, non-religious, and non-sectarian organisation. Prompted by the dreadful consequences of the present war in Gaza and Israel, our thoughts are with all those whose lives are being torn apart. We deplore and unequivocally condemn the use of violence against all civilian populations and add our voice to those calling for a peaceful resolution of the present conflict.
JONATHAN TUBB, 1951 – 2023. The PEF is greatly saddened by the death of its President and previous Chairman, Jonathan Tubb, on September the 25th, 2023, following a long illness. Jonathan was Curator of the Levant at the British Museum for over 40 years, and was Keeper of the Department of Middle East since 2011 until his retirement in 2021. He was best known for his excavations at the Jordanian site of Tell es Sa’idiyeh, and for the British Museum’s Iraq Scheme. At the PEF, Jonathan headed up the launch of the new PEF Annuals series, which are a core part of the PEF’s academic output today. He also facilitated the cordial relationship between the PEF and the British Museum, which also continues, to the benefit of both institutions. He was a wise, genial colleague and friend, and will be sorely missed.
LATEST NEWS & ARTICLES
We’re very pleased to announce the latest recipient of the Palestine Exploration Fund-Albright Institute Fellowship, Dr. Madaline Harris-Schober from the University of Melbourne and Ludwig
During the past few years, the Islamic Baydha Project has been moving towards data processing and publication of the results from the study of the
By Will M. Kennedy After some considerable delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the first field season of the Petra Hinterland Social Landscapes Project (PHSLP)
Investigating changing socio-economic landscapes in the Early Bronze Age Levant through Zooarchaeology
By Gwendoline Maurer & Mariana Albuquerque UCL Institute of Archaeology. Back in February 2022, we received the great news in our inbox that The Palestine
By Claudine Dauphin. 8th May 2022: after two Covid years I am back in Amman to investigate the Umayyad Hajj road to Mecca, after tracing
PEF event: “The Oddest Archaeologists to Visit Jerusalem.” The story of the notorious Parker expedition and the search for the Temple treasures.
Tuesday 15th November 2022 6pm The mystery surrounding the Ark of the Covenant’s location is one of the world’s greatest and most enduring. Of the quests
By Chris Sandal-Wilson. Back in March 2020, with the Covid-19 pandemic escalating and the first national lockdown beginning in the United Kingdom, a rare piece