All the fieldwork and reporting in phases 1 to 5 were funded by BTC Pipeline Co. This article and deposition of material with the Archaeology Data Service (ADS) were funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellor Foundation and the e-journal Internet Archaeology as part of the Making the LEAP II: A Transatlantic LEAP project. The authors are grateful to all those who have assisted in making this possible.

The following staff from the Azerbaijan Republic, National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography worked on the project at various times and in numerous roles: Arif Mammadov, Aziz Novruzlu, Bakhtiyar Jalilov, Farhad Guliyev, Fuad Huseynov, Gahraman Agayev, Idris Aliyev, Latif Osmanov, Mikayil Mustafayev, Muzaffar Huseynov, Nadir Hasanov, Rashid Bashirov, Safar Ashurov, Shahin Hajiyev, Shamil Najafov, Tufan Akhundov, Viktor Kvachidze and Ziya Hajili. The IoAE project was led by Goshgar Goshgarli and Najaf Museyibli.

The BTC archaeological team was made up of Chris Polglase, Claire Angus, David Maynard, Ed Dunn, Richard Moore, and Tom Jameson. Other BTC staff who helped greatly over the project were Elnara Huseynova, Chris Hale, Ismail Miriyev, Neil Clough, Paul Bochenski, Phil Middleton, Richard Kingham, Simon Maguire, Tony Percy and Zaur Hasanov.

Staff of the Azerbaijan Republic Ministry of Culture were very helpful, especially Malahat Farajova and Rizvan Bayramov.

The following also provided much valued assistance at all stages of the project Carolyn Young, Fikret Orujov, Firuz Mukhtarov, Jeyhun Mukhtarov and Nehmet Abdullayev. On completion of the field work, these specialists gave freely of their time and expertise: Bertille Lyonnet, Bernard Gratuze, Imogen Poole, Kate Brayne, Peter Kuniholm and Rog Palmer.

Unfortunately, over the passage of time there were losses and three members of the team passed away during 2008. These were Nadir Hasanov, who played an important role in the early fieldwork and was later responsible for the watching brief at the Sangachal Terminal Site; Victor Kvachidze, author of several reports in this project and veteran of underwater research in the Caspian, and Fikret Orujov, who acted as translator and local manager for the project. All three brought their own personalities to the project, which would not have been the same without them. They are sorely missed and this report is dedicated to their memory.

The project was entirely funded by the BTC Co., and we are very grateful to them and their various shareholders. The original records and artefacts are stored with the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences, Baku, Azerbaijan. The drawings for this report were prepared by David Maynard using survey data from the site team and information from the various IoAE reports. All photographs were taken by Claire Angus, Chris Polglase, David Maynard, Richard Moore, Ed Dunn and Tom Jameson.

The project also resulted in a marriage for Claire Angus and Clint, the engineer she met on the project! We wish them well in Australia.


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