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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...

Grand Sofar Hotel: A case for preservation

At a time when so many historic sites are being demolished in Lebanon, it's refreshing to see that some in the country are also...

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...

Let’s investigate Lebanon!

With environmental disasters and public service dysfunction everywhere you look, there's never been a better time to investigate Lebanon and a greater need for...

One of world’s oldest cities found in North Lebanon, may become...

Perched on a hill along the rocky coast of North Lebanon, archaeologists have uncovered what they believe is one of the world's oldest city...

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...

New ruins in Gemmayze

There has been an ongoing dig for quite some time at the beginning of Gouraud Street--the main street in Gemmayze--just across the street from...

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...