There are a number of ways you can help us have a successful season at Ziyaret Tepe.
First of all, spread the word! Tell your friends and family about our blog and ask them to check out the action. One of the joys (and obligations) of the scientific community is to explain to non-experts what we are doing and why it is important and interesting. That is, after all, the goal of our blog.
A second way to help is to make a donation to the project. In the US, contributions are tax-deductable and 100% of your gift goes directly towards supporting our archaeological fieldwork. The easiest way to donate is to give an on-line credit card gift to the University of Akron, earmarked for the Ziyaret Tepe Archaeological Expedition. Here’s a link to the University of Akron on-line giving website.
Scientific archaeology is expensive (workers, airfares, feeding twenty-five hungry archaeologists, etc.) and we pay the bills primarily through private donations, any amount helps. To give you idea of our costs, this year, our local workers will make 48 Turkish lira (= $30) per day, including their wages, social security, and taxes. So a $30 donation would sponsor one of our hardworking villagers for a day’s worth of excavation. $420 pays for our site guard for a week. $1800 just about covers an airfare from US to Diyarbakir, our nearest airport.
We appreciate your support, in whatever form it takes!