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This year we have enjoyed visits from a number of groups — both old friends and new. We are anticipating one final group of vistors this season: a Far Horizons tour group who are arriving at Ziyaret Tepe on Friday en route from Diyarbakir to Mardin. It is very gratifying to know that ancient Tushhan is back “on the map” even if we are still quite a ways off the beaten path. Far Horizons, located in San Anselmo, California, organizes archaeological and cultural tours to all sorts of interesting out-of-the-way places. Check out their website if you are looking for a really adventurous trip. You may even end up in Tepe!

As I mentioned at the very start of the season, putting together an archaeological expedition of this size is an expensive proposition and we get our funds through a variety of public and private sources. Our visitors from Far Horizons have very kindly given donations in support of our fieldwork and I would like to take the opportunity to acknowledge their help in this year’s success. Thanks to Ronald Guttmann, Diana and Peter White, Susan Silver,Tony and Lawrie Green, Willian Tate, and the John Miller family for making this year’s excavations possible. I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank Richard Behrman for his generous on-line contribution to the 2011 field season. One reason we’ve been able to pursue our scientific explorations this year is because of your financial help.

So, safe journeys to the Far Horizons group and we will see you all on Friday!

By matney

Dr. Matney is Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology and Classical Studies at the University of Akron. He is the Director of the Ziyaret Tepe Archaeological Expedition.

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