Under the auspices of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq a new series of excavations at Tell Brak, northeastern Syria, commenced with a first season from mid March to late May 1994. Our gratitude for support goes especially to the Syrian Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums, in particular in Damascus to the Director-General, Dr Sultan Muhesen, and the Director of Excavations, Dr Adnan Bounni, in Hasake to Sd Jean Lazare and in Der ez-Zor to Sd Ass'ad Mahmud, and to our representative Sd Hussein Yusuf for his good-humoured assistance throughout the season. Funding was most generously provided by the British School of Archaeology in Iraq, the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge, and the British Academy, to all of whom sincere thanks are expressed. For first-class mechanical support we thank Mr T. Falzani of Cambridge.
The team in 1994 comprised Dr Roger Matthews (excavations director), Dr Wendy Matthews (micromorphologist and pottery specialist), Ms Helen McDonald (registrar and pottery specialist), Professor Farouk al-Rawi (epigraphist and site supervisor), Ms Fiona Macalister (conservator), Mr James Conolly (lithics specialist), Ms Lisa Cooper, Mr Geoffery Emberling, Ms Candida Felli and Mr Nicholas Jackson (site supervisors). Ms Amy Emberling and Mr Jake Emberling joined us for part of the season, and we were visited in May by Professor D. Oates and Dr J. Oates.