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 across the skyscraper-lined Bay of Beirut, in the lush foothills of Mount Lebanon, a little-understood civilization lived in caves for thousands of years. Skeletons found at the site known …

Minister says ruins to be preserved after photos leaked

Daily Star In a surprise announcement, Culture Minister Gaby Layoun said today that ancient Roman and Byzantine ruins discovered in central Beirut will be preserved on site. This means the $150 million Jean Nouvel mall and hotel project  “cannot continue” Layoun told the Daily Star. …

Hidden mosaics could mark Lebanon’s oldest church

In addition to the possible Roman gate and road revealed in a previous post, the Landmark site dig (which could be replaced by a 5 star Jean Nouvel hotel) seems to be full of treasures.Among them are what some archeologists believe could be the remnants …

Possible Roman gate and road found in Beirut dig

This is a panoramic shot of a dig that has been going on for several years in Riad Al Solh square in the heart of downtown Beirut. (Not to be confused with the Martyr’s Square DistrictS site, where I was assaulted a few days ago …

Stealing a peek at the past: Riad al Solh dig

Stalled since it was announced in 2004, Jean Nouvel’s Landmark mall and tower development has become one of the biggest archeological digs in Beirut. It’s said to contain ruins from the Roman, Byzantine and Islamic empire/periods. But for some reason, work on the site– which …