|Our major sponsors in Kuwait include
include The Ministry of Information, the National Council for Culture,
Arts and Letters, and the Department of Antiquities and Museums, who
are all to be thanked for giving permission for the project to proceed,
and also for financial support during the 2002 season. Our major commercial
sponsor is Kuwait
Shell, which has generously supported
the project since 1999. We would especially like to thank the staff of
the National Museum of Kuwait, who have have dug with us, assisted us
with the logistics, and been our good friends and colleagues throughout.
Significant financial support has been given by The British School of
Archaeology in Iraq; The New English
School Kuwait; The
Institute of Archaeology, University
College London; The McDonald Institute, Cambridge; The University of London Central Research Fund; The
Charlotte Bonham-Carter Charitable Trust; and the Society for Arabian
Studies. Money for the illustration of the boat-related finds in 2004
was provided by Dispatches, the magazine of the British Business
Forum, while funding for the conservation of the bitumen finds was given
by the Bubiyan Island Project, a joint venture by Gulf Consult and HOK
Planning Group. Logistical support in 2002 was given by Burhan and by Otis. We
wish to thank the Kuwaiti Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)
for their bilateral cooperation in fish otilith studies, and their generosity
in providing laboratory facilities and assistance. The British Council
and the British Embassy and their staff have been unstinting in their
support, helping us to make friends and contacts in Kuwait, and offering
us their hospitality in Kuwait City.
Among the many individuals who have supported and befriended us, we would like to thank Sheikha Hussah Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah, of the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah; Dr Bedr al-Rifa'i, Secretary General of the National Council for Culture, Arts, and Letters (NCCAL); Mr Shehab Shehab, Director of the Department of Antiquities and Museums; Dr. Sulaiman Almatar (Department Manager of the the Maritime and Fisheries Division, KISR); Dr Mohsen al-Husseini (Head, Fish Ageing Laboratory, Mariculture and Fisheries Division, KISR); Tariq and Jehan Rajab; Dr Tayyiba al-Asfour of Kuwait University; Mohammed Ali of the Dar al-Athar, for photographing our finds for free; Linda Shuaib and the late Hamed Shuaib; Claudia Rashoud; Mohammed Rasheed of Otis; the former British Ambassador and his wife, Richard and Caroline Muir; Ken Taylor, General Manager of Kuwait Shell Limited; Jeffrey De Lange, of Gulf Consult; Graham Hawkins, of the British Business Forum, and its magazine, Dispatches; Jim Bishop of KISR and Ginny Bishop; Ross Yeo; Tony Lomando; Brian Ashwell; Michael Cassidy; John and Joan Fisher; Sandy Macmillan; John Gildea, of the British Council, his predecessor Carl Reuter, Dr Thelma Cruz; Mark Ellam and Anna of the British Embassy; Chris Preece of Burhan; Robert Killick and Jane Moon for supplying some excellent kit; and many others.
The design and text of this website are by Robert Carter, excepting the environmental and lithics pages, by Mark Beech and Heiko Kallweit respectively. Photographs: Gwilym Williams and Mark Beech; artefact drawings: Natasha Mulder; pot drawings: Robert Carter. Thanks are due to Paula Wallace, Mark Beech and Ash Rennie for helping with this website.