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 Material for Open Access Virtual Exhibitions £1,000 Claudine Dauphin, Independent “Towards final publication of the Umayyad Syro-Jordanian Hajj Roads to Mecca and their Pilgrim Camps: Mapping ‘Sacred Landscapes.’”  £2,194.45 John Green, Independent                            “The Tell es-Sa’idiyeh Cemetery Publication Project”   £1,000 TOTAL AWARDED IN 2021:  £6,694.45

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.

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 British men who travelled to Ottoman Palestine to survey, dig, draw, measure and interpret what they saw and found, Kana’an was born and spent his entire life in the region.

The Palestine Exploration Fund/Albright Institute Fellowship

We are pleased to announce that the PEF-AIAR Fellow for 2021 is Dr. Morag Kersel (DePaul University) for her research project “Hidden Histories – the private lives of Levantine Neolithic masks” London and Jerusalem. An annual award of £3,000 to support research that requires access to the PEF archives and collection and also time spent in residence at the Albright Institute in Jerusalem. The Fellowship requires a minimum of 10 working days at the PEF in Greenwich, London, and a 1 month minimum stay at AIAR in Jerusalem. The room and half-board at the Institute ($1,200 per month) will come from the award, with the rest a flexible stipend for the other activities. This Fellowship is open to doctoral and post-doctoral researchers of all…

The Routledge Philip R. Davies Early Career Publication Award

We are pleased to announce the winners of the Routledge Philip R. Davies Early Career Publication Award for 2021. Details of the winners and their exceptional research papers are below: Winner: Mr Joseph Scales (University of Birmingham) ‘Bathing Jewish, Bathing Greek: Developing an Approach to De-Categorising Hellenism and Judaism’ Runner-up: Dr. Assaf Kleiman (Leipzig University)  ‘The Cultural Biography of Two Volute Capitals in Iron Age Hazor’  2nd Runner-up: Dr Marieke Dhont (University of Cambridge/Harvard University)  ‘The Use of Greek in Palestine: Eupolemus as a Case Study’

Polish Exiles in Wartime Mandate Palestine

October, 2019.  I am in the Sikorski Archives of the Polish Institute in London; archive-browsing.  Today’s mission is to see if anything can be found about a very specific activity of civilians attached to the Polish 2nd Korps, AKA the Anders Army of the Second World War, in Bethany, Mandate Palestine.   I am searching for any documents for their presence in one location in Bethany; a long shot, but at any rate, it’s an excuse to visit.  The staff is extremely helpful and provide me with their Mandate archive folios. The story that emerges from the documents before me helps further illustrate what little I already know; a story of an army refitting, training and preparing for their fateful campaign…

The Survey of Western Palestine in Context: Some thoughts from a remote intern

I once read somewhere on the vast internet that the more you learn, the more you realize you actually know very little. Throughout my journey with PEF, this was certainly the case. Though I spent hours upon hours reading different materials, I only discovered more things that I didn’t know. Part of the reason why I love learning is that I can go down different rabbit-holes and sometimes land somewhere totally unexplored. And hopefully I’m more knowledgeable and a little wiser than before as a result. The maps that I studied provided a lot of information about what the Levant region looked like in the 19th century. This week I will discuss some of the things I learned while working…

The Survey of Western Palestine and Scientific Mapping during the late 19th century.

In this day and age, scientific research is a well-respected and booming industry. The importance of this field has only been highlighted by the Covid-pandemic this year. It is often very easy to take for granted how far we’ve come in scientific research, and what steps our predecessors had to take in order to get to where we are today. For example, today, many people don’t have to worry about contracting what were once the most feared diseases in the world such as smallpox and mumps, and we all benefit from satellite gps systems on our smartphones. I took the chance in this internship to take a look into the history of cartography and surveying techniques and its significance in…