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Lebanon steeped in history. Not your standard Starbucks Trenta chai latte type of steeped, but more like home to ancient civilizations and the oldest waterfall in the world, just to name a few. 

Another addition to Lebanon’s long list of fascinating ruins, this latest discovery tells a new story about the history of Akkar in the northern region. Unearthed in the valley of Aoudine in Aandqet, the site was discovered by a group of professors and students from the Department of Arts and Archeology of the Lebanese University. The ruins proved to date back to the Roman and Byzantine era, in a region linking the Lebanese coast with Syria, re-establishing a specific historical period in the town of Akkar.

The students started working on the region in April of last year then, in August of 2019, the team recorded the new discoveries of archaeological houses of two layers: the ground, for storage, and the second layer for housing. Ruins of three churches and ancient tombs carved in rocks were also unearthed, along with artifacts of coins and pottery.

Restoring and rehabilitating the discoveries of the site is the final phase of the project for students of the Lebanese university. The only trick is funding the project, and they’re taking care of that by submitting several requests to the UNESCO and foreign embassies to double the funding and operate one of the discovered ancient olive presses, putting Akkar back on the travel map of Lebanon and the world. 

Source: The 961