3d Printing, Digital Fidelity, and Neolithic Masks

By Chad Hill Over the last decade it has become increasingly easy to capture high quality 3d data at a variety of scales. Advances in photogrammetry and lower costs for lidar and 3d scanning make it possible for more of the world to be captured and recorded with incredible precision. It has been incredible to watch these technologies permeate the field becoming widely applied tools for documenting cultural heritage. These data are increasingly accessible across the globe. Many museums offer 3d content in their digital collections, archeologists are publishing 3d content in their data repositories or as part of publications, and 3d data platforms are hosting ever increasing quantities of 3d models of sites, structures, and artifacts that are freely…

Dating the Fortress of Umm Tawabin, Jordan

By Alexandra Ariotti Over two field seasons in 2017-2018 that were co-sponsored by the PEF, I excavated the impressive fortress site of Umm Tawabin (‘Mother of Bread Ovens’ in Arabic) overlooking the northern Wadi ‘Arabah in Jordan for the Ghor as-Safi Project (Figure 1. Aerial view of Umm Tawabin facing northwest. Photo by APAAME_20160927_REB-0186). From the time of its discovery by a PEF expedition in 1883-84, Umm Tawabin had never been excavated in spite of its spectacular setting and its numerous and varied archaeological remains that include a citadel with the ruins of a fort (Fort A), three other collapsed stone buildings (Forts B-D) and over 100 unusual circular stone enclosures all spread out over an area 880 by 450…

Annual Research Grants 2022

Applications Open  The PEF Annual Research Grants for 2022 are now open! Go to our grant page for more details: https://www.pef.org.uk/about/grants/ Because the coronavirus pandemic continues to make much fieldwork very difficult or even impossible for the near future, we are continuing to focus this year on post-field work, publication, and online resources projects. Expenses eligible for funding include lab costs, illustration costs, image license costs, and online resource development. In every other respect the aims of the grants remained the same, to promote research into the archaeology and history, ethnography, anthropology and culture, topography, geology and natural sciences of Palestine and the Levant. 

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. 

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’

The Palestine Exploration Fund / Albright Institute Fellowship

London and Jerusalem. An 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 nationalities. This Fellowship is for a residential period between 1 September 2021 and 31 May 2022. The working days at the PEF may be completed anytime from the granting of the award until 31 May…

2020 Routledge Philip R. Davies Early Career Researcher Publication Award

The Palestine Exploration Fund, in conjunction with Routledge/Taylor & Francis, is pleased to open the call for entries for the 2020 Davies Early Career Researcher Award. This award 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,…