Thanks and Acknowledgments
We wish to acknowledge and offer sincere thanks to several institutions and individuals who provide critical financial and logistical support to Follow the Pots research, including the Wenner-Gren Anthropological Foundation (grant #8051), University of Notre Dame Department of Anthropology, DePaul University Department of Anthropology, Council for British Research in the Levant, American Center for Oriental Research in Amman, and the Director and staff members of the Department of Antiquities of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
We thank Hugh Barnes, Isabelle Ruben, and Mohammed Zahran for their participation in our fieldwork at Fifa in 2011, and we are grateful for their field expertise and insights into groundtruthing methodology; to Bill Finlayson, Mohammed Najjar, Carol Palmer, Nadja Qaisi, Barbara Porter, and Chris Tuttle for continued support and friendship; to Khalid Tarawneh, Inspector of Antiquities at Kerak for his longtime friendship and collaboration; to Ghazi Bisheh and Dino Politis, both of whom have worked in the southern Ghor; to Curator Karen Bowden Cooper and her staff at the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary Bible Lands Museum, and to Curator Sandy Olsen and her staff at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History; and to Tom Schaub, Marilyn Schaub, and Nancy Lapp for the whole-hearted support, knowledge, experience, and willingness to help in any and every way.
Our research would not be possible without the support and cooperation of countless archaeologists, administrators, shopkeepers, middlemen, looters, and collectors in Jordan, Israel, Palestine, the UK, and the US willing to discuss how they value the archaeological material culture of Fifa, Bab adh-Dhra` and en-Naqa/es-Safi. We wish to extend special recognition and profound thanks to the people of the southern Ghor villages in Jordan who offer their time, energies, insights, and trust to us as we pursue our research. While we cannot publish their names for privacy reasons, we could not have conducted our research without their support, interest, and participation.