Exploring the Holy Land
The Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF) is the oldest exploration society of the Levant which is active today. Since its founding meeting in 1865 in Westminster Abbey, the PEF scholars have conducted systematic exploration of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Prominent archaeologists such as C.W. Wilson, C. Warren, C. Schick, C. Conder, W.M.F Petrie, H. Kitchener, and R.A.S Macalister, were sent to dig the Holy Land on behalf of the PEF. A remarkable enterprise carried out by the PEF, in cooperation with the Royal Engineers, was the first precise scientific survey of the region: The Survey of Western Palestine, which yielded pioneering high-quality detailed maps of the Holy Land. Marking the 150 years since the PEF emerged, the studies collected in this volume provide a retrospective on the endeavours in the light of the findings of the contemporary archaeological research.
Published: Feb 25, 2019
Exploring the Holy Land is a fitting tribute to the generally positive legacy of the
PEF, and the range of essays attest to the broad value of its work across disciplinary
boundaries. This book demonstrates that the results of the pioneering work of
the PEF in the 19th century will continue to contribute to our understanding of
Levantine archaeology in the 21st century.