Archival holdings at the Kenyon Institute, East Jerusalem, 2022.


At present CBRL’s archives are spread across four locations: ┬áthe Kenyon Institute (KI) in East Jerusalem, the Amman Institute in Jordan, CBRL’s UK archives and the Palestine Exploration Fund (PEF) in London. These crucial institutional archives include administrative documents from the 1920s to the 1990s, field project documentation, drawings, photographs, and slides. Starting in 2022, CBRL has embarked on an ambitious project to make its archival materials available via an open-access archival repository, which will go live soon.


The twentieth-century archive materials have three main phases:

  • 1919-1948 – Establishment of the BSAJ and the British Mandate in Palestine period
  • 1948-1967: BSAJ re-established working with the Department of Antiquities of Jordan during the period when East Jerusalem and the West Bank were under Jordanian rule)
  • 1967-1998: Occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank by Israel following the 1967 Six Day War; British Institute at Amman for Archaeology established

CBRL was established in 1998, incorporating the BSAJ and the British Institute at Amman for Archaeology and History (BIAAH) with an expanded mission to work across the social sciences and humanities.

The two institutes continue today as the CBRL Kenyon Institute in Jerusalem (renamed in 2001) and the CBRL Amman Institute in Jordan.

For further information about the archives, please visit the links below:

Islamic Jerusalem Collection


Mamluk Jerusalem: An Architectural Study on JSTOR


Mamluk Jerusalem Digital Exhibit


Amman Institute Archives


UK Archives


Kenyon Institute Archives