The PHI Zeugma Project
In May of 2000, PHI offered to help with the emergency archaeological rescue work at Zeugma on the Euphrates river in eastern Turkey. At that time, the ancient Roman town was about to be flooded by the waters of the new Birecik dam.
PHI signed a memorandum of understanding with GAP and the Turkish Ministry of Culture.
The PHI emergency excavations were completed by October of 2000, but PHI has continued to support extensive conservation work on Zeugma mosaics and other objects for the period 2000-2004.
PHI has been working with the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism to organize and fund a major exhibit of Zeugma mosaics at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul during 2004. A group called the Gaziantep Zeugma Platform has strongly opposed this exhibit. On April 9, 2004, PHI published an Open Letter to the People of Gaziantep in several Turkish newspapers. Here is the
English version of that letter.
Background Information for Press
Some stories in the press have given incorrect information about PHI. Please note the following:
Dr. David W. Packard, the president of PHI, is a former professor of Greek and Latin, who has worked for many years on computer projects in the Humanities. He has never held any management position at the Hewlett-Packard Company.
PHI received its major endowment from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
The original endowment for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation came from David Packard, one of the founders of HP, who died in 1996.
PHI is not associated in any way with the Hewlett-Packard Company.
David W. Packard is not now associated in any way with the Hewlett-Packard Company. He did serve on the HP Board of Directors from 1987 to 1999.