A group of archaeologists is set to begin excavation at a historic site in northern Lebanon this week, the Municipality of Menjez announced in a statement on Monday.
An archaeological scientific mission consisting of 3 archaeologists from the University of Geneva (Switzerland) and the University of Warsaw (Poland) will begin excavating the site in the said village on Saturday.
Throughout their 15-day mission in Menjez, the archaeologists will work on uncovering archaeological landmarks dating back to the Bronze Age (3300 BCE to 1200 BCE).
The targeted landmarks are different from the ones uncovered by Father Tallon of the Jesuit in the 1960s, according to the statement. Father Maurice Tallon was a French Jesuit archaeologist known for his prominent work on prehistory in Lebanon.
The upcoming excavation will be supported and supervised by the Lebanese Culture Ministry’s General Directorate of Antiquities, “within the scientific and strategic plan for the development of sustainable rural tourism in the village,” the statement said.
The process will take place in partnership with the University of Geneva, with funding from the same university as well as from the Swiss Gander Foundation.
Located in the Akkar Governorate, the village of Menjez harbors a significant number of ancient monuments that have been described as Lebanon’s “biggest megalithic necropolis.”
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