The expenses that I am asking your help with involve personal and group costs. Half of the $3000 ($1500) that I am seeking will be used towards my own travel. In order to arrive at Cosa, I must have a round trip plane ticket to Italy, as well as train tickets to and from the airport (Fiumicino: FCO). If I cannot reach Italy, I cannot proceed with my personal research and, as our dig team is small, my absence would slow down progress. Although $1500 may not cover then entire cost of these tickets, any help would be greatly appreciated and $1500 should help with a great majority of these costs.
Once we are in the area of Cosa, we need a rental car to take us and our tools up to and from site every morning and afternoon. Since I am one of the few people who know how to drive a manual car, I am usually the person to drive to site everyday. If the $3000 goal is met, I would use $500 of that money towards helping to lessen the financial burden of renting a car, both renting the vehicle and paying for gas during our time at Cosa.
Another vital use of your help is the hiring of a mechanical crane and workers for one day so that we can remove a large piece of vaulting that remains, dangerously, at the edge of the Laconicum (you can see a 3D model here). If we do not remove this vaulting, however, for health and safety reasons, work cannot continue on this extremely interesting and important area of the bath complex. The price of hiring such a device for one day, which should be all we need to continue working, is $600.
The remaining money, $400, will be used for buying tools and materials that we need while in Italy. Sometimes while digging tools break or you find that you need something different from what you have. In order to facilitate excavation, it would be extremely useful to have a fund for back-up tools and materials, such as shovel, pickaxes, brushes, notebooks, pens, and paper.