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The Azoria Project Fund

The Azoria Project is an on-going excavation and continuing study of an early Greek city in east Crete, in the Greek Aegean.  Participants in the project include archaeologists, scholars, and students specializing in the study of ancient architecture, pottery, metals, animal bones, plant and wood remains, human skeletal remains, ancient Greek history, coinage, and inscriptions; as well as technical specialists in archaeological illustration, photography, conservation, and various scientific analyses.

An important part of the Azoria project is to provide on-site training for students of classical archaeology and related areas. We currently support a team of nine graduate students, and three undergraduate field school programs drawing some 40 students per year from participating institutions. The project staff includes some 88 people: 10 senior staff archaeologists; six graduate student trench supervisors; three graduate student assistants; 40 undergraduate student assistants and field-school participants; 19 local workmen; four pottery washers; and six technical staff. Donations to the Azoria Project may be used to support housing and subsistence costs; excavation and finds processing equipment and supplies; travel and local transportation; workmen wages; or other associated expenses.

While the project’s first campaign of work was supported by federal and private-foundation grants, such as the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, we remain dependent on private contributions to meet the costs of our annual operating budget. While
generous contributions have been made by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Institute for Aegean Prehistory, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, the National Geographic Society, the Shelby White-Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications, and the American Philosophical Society, private donations are vitally important not only in establishing matching funds for federal grants, but in meeting our cost-sharing budget line for the project as a whole.

The Azoria Project Fund was thus established in April of 2001 by the Department of Classics at UNC, in order to receive gifts from individuals, corporations and businesses, as well as private foundations, with the purpose of providing annual support for the research objectives of the Azoria Project.

The Azoria project also conducts annual site conservation, for which we draw on support from the Azoria Project Fund. In 2012, the Azoria Project received the Award for Best Practices in Site Preservation from the Archaeological Institute of America's Site Preservation Program.

Funds from the trust are expended to meet the annual operating budget of the project, providing excavation equipment and supplies, and supporting students of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While specific and targeted contributions are welcome, unspecified donations will be expended as needed by the project.


Dr. John L. Perentesis
Mrs. Helen K. Perentesis
Ms. Helen Paliouras (Patron)
Dr. Michael Taylor and Mrs. Susan Taylor (Patron)

Mr. Robert Bensberg and Mrs. Angela Bensberg
Professor Nicola Terrenato and Dr. Laura Motta
Mr. Archie E. Craig
Professor Maria A. Liston
 Professor William C. West III
The Institute for Aegean Prehistory Study Center for East Crete (Patron)
The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation (Patron)

Donor Categories
A. Corporate and Business
B. Private and Public Foundations
C. Individual
Patron: greater than $1000
Donor:  $500-1000
Friend:    $100-500
Contributor: less than $100


Yes, I would like to contribute to the Azoria Project Fund

Mail-in Contributions

Checks should be payable to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or the Arts and Sciences Foundation, indicating one's intention to make the contribution to the Azoria Project Fund in the lower left corner of the check. All contributions for the project are tax deductible, and letter of receipt explaining the tax-deductible status of the gift is forthcoming to donors.

Donations and inquires should be mailed to the following addresses. Inquires may be addressed to Professor Haggis at, or by telephone (919-951-8197), or Margaret Costley at 919-843-0345,

Donald C. Haggis
c/o Cinnamon Weaver
Department of Classics

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
212 Murphey Hall, CB 3145
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3145

Margaret Costley
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The Arts and Sciences Foundation
134 E. Franklin St., CB# 6115
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-6115

On-Line Gifts to the Azoria Project

If you would like to make a gift to the Azoria Project Fund directly online with a credit card, please click on the UNC Arts and Sciences Foundation Website and then follow the prompts after clicking on Make a Gift Online: choose "College of Arts and Sciences;" and then select "Other;" under the "Search Funds" prompt to the right of the window, type "Azoria" which will efficiently find "Classics-Azoria Project (0581)" that you may then select for making a donation by credit card. The Arts and Sciences Foundation will notify the Department of Classics and the Azoria Project director of the amount and category of the gift.