Acknowledgments

The Neubauer Expedition to Zincirli is funded by the Neubauer Family Foundation of Philadelphia, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. The Expedition's leaders are grateful to Joseph Neubauer and Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer for their consistent support and encouragement of this ambitious long-term effort, which will contribute to our understanding of a long-lost Mediterranean world whose cultures have enriched our own.

Thanks are due also to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Turkey and its director-general of antiquities; to the director and staff of the Gaziantep Museum; to the provincial governor and culture director of Gaziantep; to the local government officials of the İslahiye and Nurdağ districts; and, last but not least, to the residents of Fevzipaşa and Zincirli, with whom we have lived and worked since 2006. The hundreds of Turkish men and women hired over the years from these villages and from other villages near Zincirli deserve great credit for their careful work in unearthing ancient Sam’al.

Finally, the leaders of the Neubauer Expedition are thankful to the scores of professional archaeologists and students who have participated in annual field seasons since 2006. The Expedition’s multinational staff have been recruited from several different universities and from a dozen different countries, including the United States, Turkey, Canada, Italy, Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Russia, China, Spain, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. They have worked hard and skillfully under demanding physical conditions, and their collegiality and lively spirits have made it an enjoyable cross-cultural experience.