Council for British Research in the Levant

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The Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL) was formed in 1998 with the amalgamation of the British Institute at Amman for Archaeology and History and the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem.
Since 2003, the British Institute (Amman) and the Kenyon Institute in Jerusalem are providing researchers with access to research labs, accommodation, libraries and computing equipment.

Purpose and activities[edit]

The CBRL promotes the study of the humanities and social sciences (e.g. archaeology, geography, history, literature, linguistics, social anthropology) as relevant to the countries of the Levant (Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories and Syria).

The CBRL's main sponsor is the British Academy, but significant contributions are made by membership subscriptions, sale of publications, other grants, and revenue generated by the services provided.

The CBRL currently sponsors a large number of research projects in the Levant, including archaeological excavation, survey and publication. Some of the major projects include work on the Palaeolithic in Lebanon; the beginnings of farming in southern Jordan; large regional multi-period archaeological and environmental surveys in Syria and Cyprus (combining traditional techniques with cutting edge use of satellite imagery and computerised recording); architectural surveys throughout the Levant, but perhaps especially in Jerusalem and the West Bank; and anthropological research on modern societies.


The Council's research journal, Levant (ISSN 0075-8914), is employed to document and promote the research of CBRL members and others in the region. Each issue includes a number of scholarly articles and book reviews. As of 2008, Levant is published biannually by Maney Publishing, both in print and online form.

An annual Bulletin is produced to inform about current research activities and information about events and CBRL publications.

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