Errm…so yeah this is a little embarrassing but mostly inspiring: shortly after announcing the closure of our fundraiser a few things happened in rapid succession.
First, previous donors reached out asking to send more support before we closed for donations. (Inspiring.)
Then, former students and former staff reached out asking how they could help, if not by donating money, donating time to make sure we have all the resources we needed. (Also inspiring.)
We were also approached on our personal social media by hopeful donors who didn’t get a chance to donate during our brief appeal window. (Inspiring as well, but how did you even find us???)
We spoke it over as a team and decided to reopen the appeal and shift gears slightly. The funds previously raised saw us through the final week of excavation, and for that we are so incredibly grateful. But we also have specialist analysis to undertake while we finish going through the mountain of data we accrued. If you choose to donate, either again (thank you we love you) or for the very first time (we love you too), the new funds are to be earmarked and used specifically for the post-excavation work. This includes things like radiocarbon dates, specialist pottery analysis, environmental process and artistic reconstructions. Let us know if you have any other questions about this next phase of the research.
Here is the link to the fundraiser page. Thank you for all your support!