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Race Against Time: How luxury developers are wiping out ancient Beirut

A version of this story was published in Monocle Magazine, August 2018 By Habib Battah Just...

New excavations across downtown Beirut, Saifi and Martyr’s Square

Archaeological excavations have been mushrooming across downtown Beirut over recent months, providing a glimpse at how the city looked and functioned in ancient times. Site...

How did ancient Beirut get tossed in a pile?

In the shadow of the towers of new Beirut, the ruins of ancient Beirut have literally been dismembered and piled up at the edge...

Ruins cleared near port of Beirut

Following our last post about the vast ruins site uncovered near the "Beirut Digital District" construction site, a reader got in touch and sent...

Ancient ruins uncovered in the ‘digital district’

A wide range of ancient structures have been uncovered in downtown Beirut that may provide important clues to the city's millennia-old history. The...

The gutting of Beirut’s Roman racetrack

We often worry about extremists groups like ISIS destroying history in the Middle East. But in Beirut, private capital and well-connected developers are also...

Clues to Roman Beirut at Saifi dig?

Roman Berytus was one of the most lavish cities in the empire, featuring a massive chariot race track and theatre complex where 1,400 gladiators...

Update: New photos inside Saifi dig

Soon after posting about the ruins discovered at the Saifi Plaza excavation, an activist got in touch over a Facebook thread and shared a...

Ruins cleared at Saifi Plaza

There appears to be nothing left of a major downtown Beirut excavation that took place here a month ago. Compare the photo above to...

Roman wall removed from Beirut Hippodrome site

It survived some 2,000 years of wars and conquest, but the wall above is now gone. Archeologists believe it belonged to the Roman Hippodrome...