The Department of Archaeology and Museology (DAM) is part of the Institute of History, Archaeology, and Near Eastern Studies (IOHANES), at the University of Balamand, and is directed by Dr Nadine Panayot-Haroun. Its main focus is the study, conservation, and preservation of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Lebanon and the Near East.
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.
Writing Honor Pilot Project: The Levant and the history of archaeological ideas about seascapes – Dr Jesse Ransley & Crystal El Safadi – 2017
Frost’s work in the Levant raised questions about sea level change and its impact on coastal landscapes more than 50 years ago – questions which remain central to maritime archaeological research in the region, but also to research into submerged sites and maritime geoarchaeology across the world. At the same time, maritime archaeological ideas about […]
Where the Litani River Flows: Coastal Survey in El-Kharayeb, Southern Lebanon – Wissam Khalil – 2017
This coastal survey project on the southern coast of Lebanon is a joint mission involving Lebanese, Italian and French archaeologists from different institutes and universities. It will be conducted from the 25th of September till the end of October 2017. It aims to study the coastal area from the mouth of the Litani River until […]
Until recently, the northern coastal strip of Lebanon had largely escaped the impact of the uncontrolled urban sprawl and development which has destroyed much of the archaeological and environmental heritage of Lebanon. It therefore represents one of the only remaining coastal areas with relatively well-preserved archaeological horizons. Unfortunately, this situation is rapidly changing, with new […]
Located off Sidon, major city of ancient Phoenicia, the island of Zire has been used as an outer secondary harbour and a quarry ever since Antiquity; it shelters a roadstead that still serves today as a fore-port. In 1966-1967, Honor Frost undertook the first underwater study of the site which revealed submerged ancient remains, notably […]
Batroun is located 53 km north of Beirut. The coast is characterized by a rocky promontory made of calcareous sandstones (coastal aeolianite locally known as ramleh), separating two coves on its northern and southern sides. The ancient city was located above the rocky promontory, the western side of which was exploited as a quarry during […]
This project undertook an assessment survey of Ottoman-period maritime archaeology in Lebanon. It constitutes one section of a larger regional study investigating the coastal archaeology of the Eastern Mediterranean and Red Sea from 1500-1850.
Beginning in the 1960’s, Honor Frost initiated several investigations aimed at identifying the existence of harbour installations around the coast of Tyre. While her initial exploration focused on the southern side of the former island, she also identified the significant archaeological potential for harbour facilities within the northern coast of Tyre (Frost, 1971). Later, she encouraged local Lebanese […]
This project concerns the rescue excavation of a shipwreck that seemingly dates to around the 9th century BC. The site is highly disturbed by environmental and human factors, but nevertheless promises to reveal significant information on early Iron Age seafaring in the Levant as few if any other wrecks from this time period have been […]