NPAPH has asked me to pass along the following worthy request to our readers. Please contact them at the address below if you can provide them with any help.
The Non-Professional Archaeological Photographs project (NPAPH; www.npaph.com) has the aim to preserve non-professional documentation of past archaeological campaigns to the future and make it accessible to the public via digital archives.
The term ‘non-professional’ refers to records made by visitors or participants of excavations who were not part of the trained staff, but who assisted as part of their continuing education or out of interest, for instance students, volunteers, reporters or sponsors.
Secondly, this category of documentation includes also the private photos, slides, films, letters, diaries, etc., made at the excavation by the archaeological staff. So non-professional records are usually not stored in official archives.
At the moment we are tracing documentation of the excavations of the following Syrian sites:
- Mari/ Tell Hariri (1933-1939, 1951-1956, and 1960–1974)
- Dura Europos (1928–1937)
- Apamea (1930-1938, 1947-1953, and 1965)
If you know anyone who joined one of these archaeological expeditions or if you have worked on one of them yourself, please contact email@example.com. We are also interested in any other record prior the 1980s related to these sites.