In establishing the joint relationship between the Albright, ASOR and the Hebrew University, we were fortunate to have the support and encouragement of the institutions’ officers: ASOR president Philip King, ASOR vice-president Edward Campbell, Albright president Ernest Frerichs, Hebrew University president Abraham Harman and the Hebrew University Institute of Archaeology director Yosef Aviram. Without their help we would not have been able to initiate the project. In addition, we organized a consortium of North American and Israeli institutes, universities, colleges, seminaries and museums to support the project. Ernest Frerichs, also director of the Program of Judaic Studies at Brown University, served as director of the Miqne-Ekron Consortium and the student volunteer program. Consortium institutions have included: sponsors—Brandeis University, Boston College, Brown University, the Lehigh Valley Center for Jewish Studies (Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales, Cedar Crest College, Lafayette College, Lehigh University, Moravian College, Muhlenberg College), Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Universities of Lethbridge and Toronto; supporting institutions—Aurora University, Baltimore Hebrew University, the Israel Oil Industry Museum, the Harvard Semitic Museum and the University of Arizona. We have also received support from the National Geographic Society, as well as from other sources, such as the family foundations of Philip and Muriel Berman, Richard Scheuer, Eugene and Emily Grant, and Estanne Abraham. Major grant support was obtained from the Dorot Foundation.
If our project has been successful, it has been more than partially due to the dedicated and professional work of our staff, especially our core staff: field supervisors Ann Killebrew (Hebrew University), Barry Gittlen (Baltimore Hebrew University) and Yossi Garfinkel (Hebrew University), the coordinator of the Environmental Research Program, Arlene Rosen (Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel); and zooarchaeologists Brian Hesse (University of Alabama at Birmingham) and Paula Wapnish (Smithsonian Institution); Oil Industry Survey, David Eitam (Israel Oil Industry Museum) and Natan Aidlin (Kibbutz Revadim); architects David Hully and Erez Cohen (Jerusalem); photographers Douglas Guthrie (Islamic Museum) and llan Sztulman (Israel Department of Antiquities); computer data manager Walter Auirecht (University of Lethbridge); conservators Dina Castel and Moshe Ben Ari (Jerusalem) and Anthony Read (University College, Cardiff); and cartographer Sarah Heilbrecht (Jerusalem).