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.


2021 Annual Research Grant Awards

Alexandra Ariotti, Independent “Dating the Lost Fortress of Umm Tawabin”  £2,500 Melissa Cradic & Samuel Pfister, Bade Museum, Pacific School of Religion Digitising Primary Source

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Unsilencing the Archives: The Labourers of the Tell en-Nasbeh Excavations

 “Unsilencing the Archives: The Laborers of the Tell en-Nasbeh Excavations (1926-1935)” is a new web exhibit from the Badè Museum at Pacific School of Religion, funded with a research grant from the PEF. The exhibit showcases unpublished archival documents, photographs, and film that illustrate the untold stories of local laborers, landowners, and Egyptian foremen who…