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A Reassessment of the Achievements of PEF Explorations in Jerusalem by Wilson and Warren in the Light of Recent Archaeological Excavations


Shimon Gibson, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

4pm, 17th September  2015, BP Lecture Theatre, Clore Education Centre, British Museum. To book, contact the British Museum Box Office:  020 7323 8181 or

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 Lecture Poster September 17th 2015.pdf


In Association with the British Museum Department of Middle East

Supported by the Wellcome Trust and Maney Publishing

Warren at the Herodian Wall%2C Haram al Sahrif%2C Jerualem








Watercolour by William Simpson of Charles Warren at work at the Temple Mount - Haram al-Sharif,  Jerusalem, 1869. PEF Archives PEF-PI-09.


View of the South Wall of the Haram al Sharif - Temple Mount

 A view of Al-Aqsa Mosque over the southern wall of the Haram al-Sharif with new excavations in the foreground. Photograph F. Cobbing, 2013.


The pioneering archaeological and survey work of Charles Wilson and Charles Warren for the PEF in the 1860's revealed Jerusalem's ancient landscape, archaeology and architecture  to the world as never before. For the first time, the intricate story of Jerusalem's distant past could begin to be understood, thanks to their precise, perceptive, and dedicated hard work, which was also often hair-raisingly dangerous. Thanks also to their excellent reporting and recording, the subsequent study of Jerusalem had a firm foundation upon which to build. Dr. Gibson will draw on his extensive knowledge of the PEF's work and their archives in London, and on his own experience of 20 years excavating and exploring in and around Jerusalem

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