The fourth season of excavations at H3 at the north end of Kuwait bay took place in the spring of 2002. It is a great pleasure to express again our thanks to all those people who made it possible to continue our work at this important sixth/fifth millennium site with its mix of Arabian Gulf and Mesopotamian traits. Major financial support again came from the National Council for Culture Arts and Letters, together with Kuwait Shell without whose continuing support we would be unable to work. We are equally indebted to our colleagues at the National Museum of Kuwait and especially to Mr Shehab Abdul Hamid Shehab, Director of the Department of Antiquities and Museums, and to Mr Sultan al Darwish and his field team. Our own staff worked magnificently under conditions which were sometimes far from ideal. Without the hard work and skill of members of both the teams we would have achieved little and we thank them all. The major objectives for the 2002 season were as follows:
– to complete the plan of the major complex of rooms in Area A
– to establish the stratigraphic relationship between Areas A and C
– to establish the relationship between the buildings in Area A and the fire pit horizon in Area F (the Foxhole)
– to explore a new area, Area G, to the north of the main complex.
The stratigraphic relationships were successfully established and the plan of an additional building in Area G can now be added to the map of the site. Once again, however, it was found that the limits of the Area A complex in the east lie outside the excavated area, although the development of the structure (s) through time is now much clearer.