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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...

Roman city wall removed from Beirut site

A rare and well-preserved ancient Roman wall that once surrounded Beirut has been dismantled. Photography of the site is not allowed, but from the...

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...

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...

Saifi Plaza dig progress

I recently got a better look at the ruins discovered at the "Saifi Plaza" project, which I have been blogging about lately. There seems...

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...

Ruins near Bank Audi cleared?

Credit: Rayya HaddadCredit: Rayya HaddadEarlier this summer I posted pictures taken by my photographer friend Rayya Haddad of the extensive ruins discovered near the...