Our history

The first British Institute at Amman for Archaeology and History building in the mid-1980s.

In 2019, CBRL marked the centenary of its founding institute, the British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem (BSAJ). Over one hundred years later, CBRL operates as a UK charity to produce and disseminate original, rigorous independent scholarship in the humanities and social sciences, and facilitate UK-Levantine academic collaborations, partnerships and knowledge exchange.

CBRL was established in 1998, incorporating the BSAJ and the British Institute at Amman for Archaeology and History (BIAAH). Today, CBRL has offices at the British Academy in London. The two institutes continue as the Kenyon Institute in Jerusalem (renamed in 2001) and the British Institute in Amman (renamed in 2009). CBRL is part of a network of British International Research Institutes (BIRI) affiliated with the British Academy, the UK’s national body for the humanities and social sciences.