Byblos & the Sea is a multidisciplinary research project on the coastal and maritime area of Byblos co-directed by Martine Francis (affiliated researcher at the Collège de France) and Nicolas Grimal (Prof. at the Collège de France), in collaboration with the Directorate General of Antiquities of Lebanon. It is a continuation of a long term research program on coastal and maritime Byblos, started by Honor Frost in the 1960s and resumed after the Lebanese civil war, since 1998.
Since 2011, the research program Byblos & the Sea has conducted a series of multi-disciplinary field investigations in collaboration with local and foreign specialists. The main objectives of this research program were to understand the maritime approaches to Byblos and locate eventually the much attested Bronze Age harbor of the city which was responsible for its economic growth during Antiquity.
Byblos & the Sea, Mission 9 Investigating southern City Gates to the Harbor – Martine Francis-Allouche / Professor Nicolas Grimal – 2017
In 2011, a multi-disciplinary investigation program Byblos & the Sea, took up the reigns of Honor Frosts’ research under the direction of Nicolas Grimal and Martine Francis-Allouche. Entirely funded by the Honor Frost Foundation since 2013, Byblos & the Sea has to date conducted seven field investigations on the coastal strip of Byblos and its […]
Byblos & the Sea, Mission 8 Archaeological investigation on the Armenian Orphanage lot – Martine Francis-Allouche / Professor Nicolas Grimal – 2017
Sea trade between Levantine coastal cities is attested over millennia in numerous ancient sources. Information yielded from textual and iconographic sources describes mainly the timber trade between Byblos and Egypt. However, no traces of a Bronze Age harbor facility had yet been discovered in the vicinity of the antique city of Byblos. After seventeen years […]