Other members of the lecture team were Dr. Gabriella Scandone Matthiae, an Egyptologist who specializes in the contacts between Ebla and Egypt; Professor Stefania Mazzoni Archi, a pottery expert who is studying the ceramic connections between Syria and Palestine; and Dr. Frances Pinnock, who has made a special study of the lapis lazuli trade and evidence for contacts between Syria and lands to the east of Mesopotamia. The lecture tour was arranged by The International Institute for Mesopotamian Area Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles, under the direction of Professor Giorgio Buccellati.