PEQ is the peer-reviewed journal of the PEF, established in 1865 as the first scholarly society dedicated to the scientific study of what was then generally known as the Holy Land.

In 1869, the Fund through its Palestine Exploration Fund Quarterly Statement aimed to illuminate the Bible for its readers with scholarly information about the land of the Bible. PEQ is the Statement’s successor and has greatly widened its original scope.

Despite its title, PEQ is concerned not just with Palestine/the land of Israel, but with the wider region of the Levant – its history, archaeology (including biblical aspects), art, languages, natural and earth ethnology, geography and natural and earth sciences. Its contents include reports of archaeological work (especially that supported by the PEF), studies of pottery and other artefacts, examination and interpretation of archaeological sites, publications and studies of inscriptions, ancient texts, archival material relating to the exploration of the Levant, and reviews of books.

Accessing PEQ

Presently four issues of PEQ are published each year. The journal is sent to all subscribing PEF members and institutions. The print journal can be found in many specialist and University libraries or can be consulted by our members within the PEF’s library in Marylebone.

The full text of PEQ is available online to PEF members and institutional subscribers via the Taylor and Francis online platform at

PEF members will need to go through a brief account registration and activation process. Current PEF members will receive details on how to register direct from Taylor & Francis.

Access to the online version is also available to current subscribers or on a pay-per view basis to non-subscribers.

PEQ Back Issues

Many of the issues of the Palestine Exploration Quarterly are now out of print. Four issues per year were published from 1869 to 1941. From 1942 onwards there have been two issues per year.

Original issues, paper bound are currently available.

All issues: Years 1878-1879, 1888-90, 1892, 1897-1900, 1902, 1905, 1909-13, 1933, 1940-42, 1965-2005.
Incomplete: 1875-77, 1880-82, 1884-1885, 1887, 1891, 1901, 1907, 1914-15, 1931-32, 1936, 1938-39, 1961, 1964

Price: £10 per issue, £20 per year.
All out of print issues are available as pdfs – prices as above. Indices are available for £6 for the years 1869-1892, 1893-1910, 1911-1963. 

Enquiries and orders should be directed to the Fund’s office, not to Taylor & Francis..

PEQ: Instructions for Authors

Contributors to the PEQ are advised to read this Instructions for Authors section. This section also includes instructions for authors and publishers to send books for the Reviews section of PEQ. For queries, please contact the Editor, Dr. J. Bjørnar Storfjell at:


MARCH 2020

PEQ: Volume 152, Number 1

Cover Image: PEF-P-2296: General view of Kerak Castle in Moab.

Photo by Charles A. Hornstein, 1895.



1 Winter 2020

C. A. Strine


3 Greek Christian epitaphs from Charakmoba and the Land of Moab

Julien Aliquot and Younis Shdaifat

27 The appearance and disappearance of Birket El-Kamar, Jaffa, Israel

Elie Haddad, Haim Goren, Michal Artzy and Dorit Sivan

44 Boring philology: The meaning of zdh in the Siloam inscription

Raanan Eichler

53 Preference for periphery? Cultural interchange and trade routes along the boundaries of late Iron Age Moab

Annlee Elizabeth Dolan and Steven John Edwards

Notes and News

73 2019 Routledge Philip R. Davies early career researcher publication award

Book Reviews

74 F. Cobbing and D. Jacobson, Distant views of the Holy Land

Chloë Ward

76 Trevor Bryce, Babylonia: a very short introduction

John MacDermot

78 Acknowledgements



September - December 2019

PEQ: Volume 151, Number 3&4

Cover Image: PEF-P-GAR-Huleh 1926. A view of the Huleh Basin taken from Hazor.

John Garstang, 1926.



167 The PEF and the ethics of studying the past

Michael Press 


169 Terence Croft Mitchell 1929–2019

Avantika Clark 

170 Dr. Andrea Zerbini, 1984–2019

Chiara Fiaccavento

Notes From The Field

172 Antalya-Kumluca Bronze Age Shipwreck 2019 studies—first analyses

Hakan Öniz 


184 Changing allegiances in disputed borderlands: Dan’s political status

on the eve of the Aramaean invasion

Yifat Thareani 

202 Reconsidering the Ancient name of Nebi Samwil

Nadav Na’aman 

218 The K8 House: A new domestic space from the Iron Age II at Tell Halif, Israel

Latif Oksuz, James W. Hardin and Jared Wilson 

PEQ Grant Reports

245 Documentation of the British Museum’s Palestine Textile Collections

March–July 2018

Omar Joseph Nasser-Khoury 

247 Eastern Badia Archaeological Project Report to Palestine Exploration Quarterly

Yorke M. Rowan 

252 The Islamic Baydha Project, Baydha (Petra Region), season 2018

Micaela Sinibaldi 


256 Minutes of the annual general meeting for the Palestine Exploration

Fund, 6 JUNE 2019

Casey Strine 

Book Reviews

266 B. Tabbah, A map and a lens: Jordan

Stephen D. Sutton 

268 L. Kemal, Imperial perceptions of Palestine: British influence and power

in late Ottoman times

Sarah Irving 

270 J. L. Kelly, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in text and archaeology

John MacDermot 

271 Z. Farber and J. Wright (eds), Archaeology and history of eighth-century Judah

C. A. Strine 

274 Acknowledgements

275 Lecture Details


June 2019

PEQ: Volume 151, Number 2​

Cover Image: PEF-DA-MACK-150: Painted Philistine Vase from the Central City Area of Beth Shemesh, side view. Original drawing by Francis G. Newton, 1912, text by Duncan Mackenzie.


103 Editorial

C. A. Strine


105 ‘The Inhabitants of Philistia’: On the identity of the Iron I settlers in periphery of the Philistine heartland
Avraham Faust

134 A short history of Mulabbis (Petah Tikva, Israel)
Roy Marom

146 The murder of James Leslie Starkey: Addendum to the paper of Yosef Garfinkel
David Ussishkin

Book Reviews

155 S. Z. Aster and A. Faust (eds), The southern Levant under Assyrian domination
Karen Radner and Poppy Tushingham

158 D. Ussishkin, Biblical Lachish: A tale of construction, destruction, excavation and restoration
John MacDermot

160 John Starr, Classifying the Aramaic texts from Qumran: A statistical analysis of linguistic features
A. G. Daniel

164 Acknowledgements

165 Lecture Card

March 2019

PEQ: Volume 151, Number 1

Cover Image: PEF-P-2630. View of Solomon’s Pools, Photochrom Co. Zurich, 1880–1900.



1 In praise of learned societies and their journals
Linda Hulin


3 A new Bronze Age shipwreck along with ingots in the west of Antalya – preliminary results
Hakan Öniz


15 Survey and excavations at Solomon’s Pools, Palestine: 2018 preliminary report
Matthew J. Adams, Mark Letteney and Max T. B. Peers

36 A zoomorphic sickle terminal from the Natufian site of Wadi Hammeh 27 in Jordan
Rosie Robertson, Phillip C. Edwards and Rosemary Coates

50 Petra, taxes and trade reconsidered in the light of the Petra Church archive
Mohammed Al-Nasarat

69 Two More Nabataean Inscriptions from the Syro-Jordanian Harrah desert
Ali Al-Manaser and Jérôme Norris


87 Minutes of the annual general meeting for the Palestine Exploration Fund, 7 June 2018


99 Alan V. Murray, The Franks in Outremer: studies in the Latin principalities of Palestine and Syria, 1099–1187
Stephen Donnachie


December 2018

PEQ: Volume 150, Number 4

Cover Photo: The 1926 Excavations at Megiddo. Photo by John Garstang from the PEF collections. PEF-P-GAR-Megiddo 1926.


261 C. A. Strine

Notes from the Field
263 New Research and Findings from Tell Sufan
Loay Abu Al Saud and Amer Qobbaj

265 The First Melchizedek Bottle? Notes on the Jerusalem Iron IIA Pithos Inscription
Raz Kletter

272 Tell el-Hesi: A Type Site for reevaluating so-called ‘Egptian Governors’ Redidencies’ of the South
Jeffrey A. Blakely

297 New Light on Schumacher’s Sudliches Burgtor at Megiddo
Robert S. Homsher and Israel Finkelstein

310 The Identification of the Medieval Church of St. Sabas in Jerusalem in the Light of new Documentary Evidence
Denys Pringle

321 A Preliminary Research Trip: British Women In Mandate Palestine (PEF Report)
Charlotte Kelsted

Book Reviews
323 A. K. Marshak, The Many Faces of Herod the Great
David M. Jacobson

326 K. A. Ristau, Reconstructing Jerusalem: Persian-Period Prophetic Perspectives
Jason M. Silverman

328 S. Collins, C. Kobs and M. Luddenit (eds), Teh Tall al-Hammam Excavations, Vol. 1: An Introduction to Tall Al-Hammam
Owen Chesnut

330 R. Mairs, From Khartoum to Jerusalem: The Dragoman Solomon Negima and his Clients (1885 – 1933)
Sarah Irving


Lecture Card

September 2018

PEQ: Volume 150, Number 3

Cover photo: PEF-P-1680: Tancrede R. Dumas’ photograph of Umm al Jimaal taken in 1875 during the American Palestine Exploration Society’s survey of Eastern Palestine. It is Dumas’ number 48 in the series.


181 Editorial

From trowel to tourist
Linda Hulin


183 Towards a Definition of the pre-Classical Phoenician Temple
Meir Edrey

205 Nomads of the H?arrah at Sea: A Safaitic inscription mentioning seafaring accompanied by a rock drawing of a boat from the Jordanian Badiyah
Zeyad Al-Salameen, Younis al-Shdaifat and Rafe Harahsheh

213 An Arab Chariot Monument at Umm al-Jimal
Thomas M. Weber-Karyotakis and Muaffaq Hazza S. al-Khdair

Notes from the field
235 Early Bronze Age Levantine Metal Weapons from the Collection of the Palestine Exploration Fund
Daria Montanari

Book Reviews

252 M. Goodman and Alexander P., Rabbinic texts and the history of late-Roman Palestine (Proceedings of the British Academy 165)
Claudine Dauphin

257 Marshak, A.K., The Many Faces of Herod the Great
David M. Jacobson

261 Ristau, K.A., Reconstructing Jerusalem: Persian-Period Prophetic Perspectives
Jason M. Silverman

263 Collins, S., Kobs. C., and Luddenit, M., The Tall Al-Hammam Excavations, Vol. 1:
An Introduction to Tall al-Hammam
Owen Chesnut

265 Mairs, R., From Khartoum to Jerusalem: the Dragoman Solomon Negima and his Clients (1885–1933)
Sarah Irving

268 Acknowledgements

June 2018

PEQ: Volume 150, Number 2

Cover Photo: Chambardia Shells from Jericho. Courtesy of L. Nigro.



87 Philip R. Davies, Chairman of the PEF, 2015-1018
John R. Bartlett

89 Notes and news


90 A Russian Before and After the Revolution: P. P. Efimenko a Pioneer of Levantine Prehistoric
Ofer Marder, Isaac Gilead, Zinovi Matskevich, Ianir Milevski, Dmitry Yegorov and Alla Nagorsky

110 A hoard of Nilotic nacreous shells from Egypt to Jericho (Early Bronze II, 3000-2800 BC): Their
finding, content and historical archaeological implications
Lorenzo Nigro, Daria Montanari, Francesco Mura, Jehad Yasine and Teresa Rinaldi

126 A Note on Iron Age Figural Artefacts from Tell Dothan
Adam E. Miglio and Rebekah Dutton

143 Report on the pottery from Tell Sufan in Nablus, Palestine
Loay Abu Alsaud and Amer Qobbaj

Book Reviews

161 M., Mouton and S. G., Schmid, Men on the rocks: the formation of Nabataean Petra
Gregory A. Crawford

163 I. Hjelm and T. L. Thompson, History, archaeology and the Bible forty years after “historicity”
(Changing perspectives, 6)
Philip R. Davies

164 Davies, P.R., The History of Ancient Israel: A Guide for the Perplexed
Diana Edelman

166 Rolf Hachmann, Kamid el-Loz 20: Die Keilschriftbriefe und der Horizont von El-Amarna
(Saarbrücker Beiträge zur Altertumskunde, 87)
Marlies Heinz

168 Y. Farhi, Khirbet Qeiyafa Vol. 5, excavation report 2007–2013. The numismatic finds: coins and
related objects
David M. Jacobson

171 Mahieu, B., Between Rome and Jerusalem. Herod the Great and His Sons in Their Struggle for
Recognition: A Chronological Investigation of the Period 40 BC–39 AD, with a Time Setting of
New Testament Events
Henry Curtis Pelgrift

173 L. Nigro Rome, Reading catastrophes. Proceedings of the International Conference “Reading catastrophes: Methodological Approaches and Historical Interpretation. Earthquakes, Floods, Famines, Epidemics between Egypt and Palestine—3rd-1st Millennium BC”, held in Rome, 3rd-4th December 2012 (Rome “La Sapienza” Studies on the Archaeology of Palestine and Transjordan, 11)
Robert Porter

176 Kennedy, D., Settlement and Soldiers in the Roman Near East
Alexandra Ratzlaff

179 Acknowledgements

March 2018

PEQ: Volume 150, Number 1

Cover Image: Tell el ‘Ajjul, photo by Olga Tufnell. PEF-P-TUF-12


1 Editorial

Looking to the future
Linda Hulin

3 Notes and news


4 Tell el-‘Ajjul palaces I and II: Context and function
Holly A. Winter

33 Forts or agricultural estates? Persian period settlement in the territories of the former kingdom of Judah
Avraham Faust

59 Nabataean echoes in al-Harrah: New evidence in light of recent field work
Zeyad al-Salameen, Younis al-Shdaifat and Rafe Harahsheh

Book Reviews

79 Fantalkin, A. and Tal, O., Tell Qudadi: An Iron Age IIB fortress on the central Mediterranean coast of Israel
Frederick Mario Fales

84 Hoffmeier, J.K., Excavations in North Sinai: Tell el-Borg I
Manfred Bietak

86 Acknowledgements