(from 3rd millennium hunters to Crusaders, 17 years of excavation in the city)
Because Lebanon is so densely built up, the main source of information on its past remains very limited. Seventeen years ago in 1998, the Lebanese Department of Antiquities authorized the British Museum to undertake research in the centre of Sidon, one of Lebanon’s most important Canaanite/Phoenician coastal cities. At last came the very first opportunity to excavate systematically right in the heart of the city on the northern slope of Sidon’s ancient Tell. The city’s strati-graphical sequence encountered and the continuity of occupation from the end of the 4th Millennium BC to the medieval period is exceptional. This will undoubtedly lay the foundations for a chronological dating sequence for the Lebanon as a whole which has not yet been established.
Dr. Claude Doumet-Serhal
Dr. Doumet-Serhal is an archaeologist and has been directing the British Museum/Director General of Antiquities of Lebanon excavations in Sidon since 1998. She earned her PhD from the Sorbonne Paris-1 in Paris as well as a diploma from the Ecole du Louvre. She is a special Assistant at the British Museum, an Honorary Senior Research Associate at the University College in London, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a trustee of the Honor Frost Foundation and a member of the UMR 8167 Orient et Méditerranée, “Monde sémitiques” in the CNRS in Paris. She was awarded in 2009 the order of the British Empire, MBE by Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II.