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Supporting Scientific Research

IDT has a history of supporting student scientific research through charitable donations and other philanthropic activities. Sponsoring the Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program is one such example.

Josh Sadvari, a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, is the 2013 recipient of the Integrated DNA Technologies Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research. Josh used the funds to research human skeletal remains at the archaeological site of Çatalhöyük, a 2012 addition to the UNESCO World Heritage List, in south-central Turkey.

Figure 1. Uncovering Remains. Josh Sadvari Excavates the remains of a 6–8 year old child buried beneath a platform. Many Neolithic sites throughout the Near East suggest that individuals were often buried under the floors of houses, which then continued to be occupied by the other members of their community.

Figure 2. Çatalhöyük Neolithic Site. Archaeologists from all over the world work side by side in adjacent buildings at Çatalhöyük, a proto-city settlement in central Anatolia, dating from approximately 7400 to 6000 BC. Josh Sadvari (red arrow) is shown in the section of the ruins he is excavating.