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 The exhibit showcases unpublished archival documents, photographs, and film that illustrate the untold stories of local laborers, landowners, and Egyptian foremen who contributed to the excavations at Nasbeh in British Mandate Palestine. There are a series of lectures planned throughout the academic year, and these may also be made available to us as recorded lectures. To find out more please click here. Please also click here to view and download details of the lectures.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuxVySUq360

The Routledge Philip R. Davies Early Career Publication Award 2022

We are pleased to announce applications are open for the annual Routledge Philip R. Davies Career Publication Award 2022 which honours the memory of Professor Philip R. Davies, prior Chair of the Fund, who died suddenly and before his time in May 2018. The Award recognises his unique contribution to scholarship, his enthusiasm for academic publishing, and his desire to develop younger scholars.  The award encourages early career scholars in producing original, high quality research articles. To this end, rather than a single prize, the Fund offers prizes to the winner and up to two runners up, as well as the chance to publish their articles in the PEF’s own peer-reviewed journal, the Palestine Exploration Quarterly (PEQ). The PEQ focuses on…

The Palestine Exploration Fund/Albright Institute Fellowship 2022-23

We are pleased to announce applications are open for the Palestine Exploration Fund/Albright Institute Fellowship 2022-23 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. Click here to find out more. 

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…