The University of Balamand is a private non-profit independent Lebanese institution of Higher Education licensed by the State of Lebanon. It was founded in 1988 by His Beatitude Patriarch Ignatius IV in the name of the Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East for the Greek Orthodox. The University admits students from Lebanon and the Region without discrimination on the basis of religion, gender, or physical handicap.
Inspired by the Tradition of the Antiochian Christian Orthodox Church in promoting the welfare of humanity and its highest values, the University is committed to principles of tolerance, compassion and openness and to Christian-Muslim understanding. The University is dedicated to graduating professionals who are well-rounded, critical thinkers, life-long learners, and active citizens in their respective societies.
The University also seeks to limit the influence of dogmatism and fundamentalism in intellectual, social, political, religious and cultural fields. The University believes in responsible freedom, in the role of reason in uncovering truth, and in the deepening of human existence under God. Through quality education, rigorous research, concern for the public good, and engagement with the community, the University seeks to contribute to nation building, ethical standards, inter-cultural dialogue, environmental responsibility, and human development.
The Department of Archaeology and Museology (DAM): mission statement
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. DAM conducts archaeological surveys, excavations, and restoration of sites located nationally and in neighbouring countries. By the same token, it is committed to the research, promotion, and publication of sites of historical, archaeological, and cultural relevance. DAM is also a leading force in the field of museum studies as it manages and curates the on-campus Ethnographic Museum which has been an active institutional member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) since 2015. DAM also organises annual exhibitions and activities at the venue. Its team of researchers undertakes ethnographical campaigns pertaining to the recording and the preservation of the intangible heritage. Last but not least, DAM chairs a Master’s Degree program in Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage Management (MMCM).
The Anfeh Project:
DAM’s current main multi-disciplinary projects looks at the occupation and development of the site of Anfeh, North Lebanon through time.
The Anfeh Project is a global project aiming at reconstructing the history of Anfeh, a coastal town located in Northern Lebanon and bordered to the west by the promontory of Ras el-Qalaat. According to various textual and archaeological sources, Anfeh has played an economic regional role from the Late Bronze Age to the Ottoman period.
The project combines recent archaeological data obtained from surveys and excavations, with reviews of ancient epigraphic and literary sources, as well as data collected from contemporary oral tradition sources. The final objective is to use archaeological remains as a spearhead to start implementing a sustainable development program for the entire region, in order to preserve a unique landscape and a remarkable environment.
Within this context, DAM is fostering maritime archaeological research through the support of a post-doctoral fellowship held by Dr Lucy Semaan, which is co-financed by the Honor Frost Foundation (HFF).
The activities of DAM supported by the HFF:
The HFF Post Doctoral Fellowship (PDF) granted to Dr. Lucy Semaan for a period of three years, from 2015 to 2018, is the first initiative of its kind by HFF in Lebanon. The research will be undertaken jointly under the supervision of Dr. Nadine Panayot-Haroun, head of the Department of Archaeology and Museology at the […]
Diligent students and warm water: the NAS Underwater Recorder & Surveyor Course goes to Lebanon At the beginning of September 2017 two NAS senior tutors Ian Cundy and Dave Johnston flew out to Beirut to run the first NAS Underwater Recorder & Surveyor Course in Lebanon. The four-day course was funded by the Honor Frost […]
Honor Frost pioneered scientific underwater archaeology in Lebanon as early as the 1950s. Subsequent to the end of the civil war in 1990, and under the guidance of Mrs Frost the field developed and gained the interest of local and international archaeologists. Several underwater sites started to be surveyed and excavated, while the investigation of […]
Throughout the centuries Anfeh’s fishing community have been using their knowledge and skills to make their living from the capricious seas surrounding Ras Anfeh, a promontory located 15 km south of Tripoli and 70 km north of Beirut. The fishermen’s traditions are representative of the culmination of several hundred centuries of engagement with a range […]
In summer 2013, the Honor Frost Foundation funded two underwater archaeology projects in Lebanon: the Ain el Mreisseh Shipwreck Project 2013, and the Anfeh Underwater Visual Survey Project 2013. The two short educational documentaries exemplify the promising work we could present to the academic and wider public, in order to raise awareness and better target […]
Anfeh is located 15 km south of Tripoli and 70 km north of Beirut. The coastal village is extended by a nose-shaped promontory, 400m long with a maximum width of 120m and oriented on an east-west axis. The occupation of Anfeh during the Canaanite period is more than certain. It is traditionally identified with Ampi […]