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12th September 2019: IAIN BROWNING MEMORIAL LECTURE: Excavations at Solomon’s Pools, Bethlehem, and the Water Supply to Jerusalem in Antiquity

Matt Adams, Albright Institute, Jerusalem

12th September 2019, 4pm, British Museum BP Lecture Theatre

Tickets are available through the British Museum 1 month - 2 weeks before the lecture. To book, contact the British Museum Box Office:  020 7323 8181 or     and go to the 'What's On' option at the top of the BM homepage. Then choose the 'Events Calendar'  and scroll down the page to see events listed by date and time.  If the event is not yet listed, please try again at a later date.

Poster Sept 2019.pdf


'Solomon's Pools' are three large water reservoirs located 5 km southwest of Bethlehem, which are at the heart of an elaborate water collection and distribution system which provided water to Jerusalem for some 2000 years from the time of Herod the Great through the period of the British Mandate in Palestine. It is widely believed that the expansion of Jerusalem during the Hasmonean and Herodian periods was possible, in large part, due to the ready access to water provided by these pools; and yet, they have never been excavated. The W.F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research has now conducted more than a year of survey and excavations, elucidating the 2000-year history of water supply to Jerusalem, with a few surprises along the way.

Photo: Aerial View of Solomon's Pools near Bethlehem. Courtesy of M. J. Adams

Matthew Adams received his doctorate in Egyptian and Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and History from Penn State University in 2007. 
Shortly after, in 2009, he became Director of the Jezreel Valley Regional Project, and since 2015 has been co-Director alongside Israel Finkelstein and Mario Martin of the Megiddo excavations, which is where today’s subject – the Roman camp of Ferrata VI at Legio, Megiddo, hails from. In 2014, he was appointed the Dorot Director of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem. Recently he has been directing the archaeological investigation of the three ancient water reservoirs known as ‘Solomon’s Pools’ at Artas near Bethlehem.
He is also President of American Archaeology Abroad, and quite clearly enjoys the sunshine as he is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

About the Fund


We are happy to announce the launch of a new joint PEF-Albright Instiute 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 all doctoral and post-doctoral researchers who are citizens of the UK or already hold the right to remain in the UK for its duration. This Fellowship is for a residential period between 1 September 2020 and 31 May 2021. The working days at the PEF may be completed anytime from the granting of the award until 31 May 2021. Queries related to the PEF should be sent to Queries related to the AIAR should be sent to For more information reagrding this and other Fellowships from the Albright Insitute visit: 

TERENCE MITCHELL, 1929 - 2019, JUDITH MCKENZIE 1957 - 2019, & ANDREA ZERBINI 1984 - 2019

The PEF is sad to mark the passing of three former Trustees, two of whom have died tragically young. Our thoughts are with their families, friends, and colleagues.

Dr. Terence Croft Mitchell, former Keeper of the Department of Westen Asiatic Antiquities (now Middle East Department) at the British Museum, and a member of the PEF's Board of Trustees for many years, passed away at the age of 89 in April.

Dr. Judith Sheila McKenzie, former PEF Trustee and Associate Professor of Late Antique Egypt and the Holy Land at the Univesity of Oxford, died in May this year at the age of 61. Dr. McKenzie was a renouned scholar of Middle Eastern art and architecture, and had a particular affection for Petra in Jordan. Her contribution to scholarship is a lasting legacy.

Assistant Director of the CBRL British Institute in Amman and former PEF grant recipient, Librarian, and Trustee, Dr. Andrea De Silva Zerbini, has tragically passed away aged 35 after a long illness. Andrea was a wonderful colleague and a superb scholar, and will be sorely missed.  Before he died, he set up a travel fund to help young students travel to the Middle East.

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PEF LECTURES: Our next event is on the 7th November, 4pm at the British Museum                                                                                                                

  In Association with the British Museum Department of Middle East  and  In Memory of Andrea Zerbini, 1984 - 2019



                                                       Micaela Sinibaldi, Cardiff University

Details of this event will posted on the 'Latest Content' section of this website nearer to the time

Tickets will be made available through the British Museum 1 month - 2 weeks before the lecture. To book, contact the British Museum Box Office:  020 7323 8181 or  and go to the 'What's On' option at the top of the BM homepage. Choose the 'Events Calendar' and scroll down the page to see events listed by date and time.


A new website project, created by Rojda Saa, aims to collect together the cultural heritage and memories of the Yezidi people using photographs, oral histories, accounts of travellers, and personal recollections. The PEF is very pleased to have contributed to this wonderful project by donating photographs of the Yazidi people and places taken by Olga Tufnell when she was in Iraq in the 1950s. To see the project, and find out more, including how to contribute, visit

Also on Twitter @yezidiphoto



A new exhibition entitled "Contested Histories"  is now open at the University of Queensland Library, using the archive of J. H. Iliffe. The exhibition  looks at the life of the Palestine Archaeology Museum (PAM) during the British Mandate period when he was Keeper, from 1922 to 1948. If you can't visit in person, there is an online version at

For more British Mandate era archaeology in Palestine, see also the UCL based "Filming Antiquity"  blog  (link: 


The PEF has been featured in a recent edition of the English-language newspaper, The Jordan Times. See the link here



James Fraser,  "The Khirbet Ghozlan Excavation Project: Investigating Bronze Age horticulture in the Jordan Valley escarpment."

Pascal Flohr,  "More than Meets the Eye: Locating Late Neolithic sites on the Kerak Plateau, Jordan."

Jeffrey Auerbach,  "Exploring Palestine, 1865-1885: Public-Private Partnership and the origins of the British Mandate in Palestine"

Yorke M. Rowan, "Eastern Badia Archaeological Project: Wisad Pools"

Omar Nasser-Khoury - "Phase II: Documentation of the British Museum’s Palestine Textile Collection: A knowledge Exchange Fellowship 2018-2019"

For more information please go to



Our contact details in Greenwich are:

Palestine Exploration Fund, 5-6 Dreadnought Walk, Greenwich, London SE10 9FP. Tel: +44 (0) 207 935 5379, Fax: + 44 (0) 207 485 7438, email:,

Our stop is the DLR Station 'Cutty Sark for Maritime Greenwich'.  Follow directions for the Cutty Sark itself. You will come to the River Thames with the Cutty Sark on your Right. Facing the river, turn left and walk along the Thames Path for about 5 - 7 minutes, with the river on your Right, and a housing estate on your left. You will soon come to a new development. Keep walking straight past two restaurants 'The Sail Loft' and 'The Oystercatcher' and you will come to an open area with a Waitrose on a Costa on your left. Keep on walking along the riverfront, and you will see a small children's playground ahead of you. This is opposite the PEF's entrance. Attached is a map showing our location.,-0.0187111,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x48761ad2edd9a3b1:0x687e88c9958fa70d!8m2!3d51.4828729!4d-0.0165171



Dr James A. Fraser has won the prestigious Ernest G. Wright academic publications award at the recent  ASOR conference in Denver, Colorado for his book 'Dolmens in the Levant' which was published as PEF Annual XIV in 2018 withTaylor and Francis publishing. Our congratulations go to him, and to all the PEF publications team, for producing such an outstanding book.

To find out more about this title go to

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Members of the PEF receive generous discounts on all Annuals purchased online through the above website, so to find out how to claim your discount, please contact the PEF office ( or 0207 935 5379) with your details and we will provide you with the code.



The PEF Library catalogue is now available to view online by clicking on the link below.

The library holds specialist titles (including journals) covering the core subjects of interest to the PEF for the Levant region (including Cyprus and the Sinia). Some key titles covering Egypt, the Aegean, Anatolia, and Mesopotamia are also held.

Earth sciences
Ethnography and Anthropology,
Ancient History and History (up to 1948)
Art and Architectural History,

PEF members can access the library by appointment.

To become a member, and/or to make an appointment to use the library, please contact the office

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PEF BLOG and Twitter

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PEQ is sent to all PEF subscribers four times a year. Volumes from 1865 to present are also available online to subscribers through

This is a major step forward in the improvement of our services to our members. Now, the incredible wealth of research in the pages of PEQ and the Quarterly Statement are available for members to access wherever they happen to be. New members will receive their access details from our publishers Taylor & Francis



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’. The PEF is a major bridge and information resource for the public and academic community.

The PEF constitution

It publishes an internationally respected journal, the Palestine Exploration Quarterly, and brings the latest archaeological results and research to the public in a series of regular lectures. The PEF promotes ongoing research through annual grants to scholars across the world.

Excavations at Temple Mount


The PEF archives hold over 40,000 photographs of Palestine, Jordan and Syria taken from 1850 onwards. The PEF collections also include archaeological artefacts, natural history specimens, maps, manuscripts, and paintings. Our unparalleled library attracts scholars from around the world. These facilities are available to our members for research, study, and publication purposes.

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