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Ancient Warrior Grave Unearthed In Lebanese Port (Sidon)
ABC News ^ | 9-16-2002

Posted on 09/15/2002 7:47:38 AM PDT by blam

Mon, Sep 16 2002 12:39 AM AEST

Ancient warrior grave unearthed in Lebanese port

Archaeologists have unearthed several Bronze Age graves, including that of an ancient warrior interred with his axe, in the southern Lebanese port city of Sidon.

Excavation team director Claude Doumet Serhal said the excavations are "among the most important archaeological projects in Lebanon as they are taking place in the centre of the city of modern Sidon."

He also said the warrior's grave dated back to the Middle Bronze Age, around the second millennium BC, and included an unusually well preserved bronze duck-bill axe with a wooden handle.

The team from the British Museum also discovered four Middle Bronze Age children buried in jars, two of them with Egyptian scarabs.

The archaeologists, in their fourth season of excavations at Sidon, said a Byzantine grave marker with an engraved cross showed that the city was still occupied in modern times.

They said they also found a Phoenician inscription on a piece of pottery, the first such inscription found in Sidon from the ancient seafarers.

The archaeologists said the Sidon dig was the first urban excavation in Lebanon since the city of Beirut was excavated in the 1990s.

Archaeologists digging in central Beirut, during rebuilding after the country's 15 year civil war, unearthed traces of successive civilisations going back 5,000 years.


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1 posted on 09/15/2002 7:47:39 AM PDT by blam
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>the warrior's grave dated back to the Middle Bronze Age, around the second millennium BC,

A relative perhaps, or a bad guy?

2 posted on 09/15/2002 8:43:14 AM PDT by LostTribe
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It's too bad the news story is not more precise. The second millennium lasted 1000 years--surely they can pinpoint the date of the graves more exactly. The scarab may be datable within narrow limits. The Middle Bronze Age should be from about 1950 to 1550 B.C. They don't say whether the Phoenician text was in cuneiform, hieroglyphics, or alphabetic.
3 posted on 09/15/2002 10:05:43 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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This oldie never got a ping.
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4 posted on 10/13/2004 10:06:41 AM PDT by SunkenCiv ("All I have seen teaches me trust the Creator for all I have not seen." -- Emerson)
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Most likely a Celt.


5 posted on 10/13/2004 4:49:02 PM PDT by Henchman (Kerry: No guts, No Glory, No way!)
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6 posted on 10/13/2004 4:54:31 PM PDT by razorback-bert
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7 posted on 07/23/2006 10:28:09 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (updated my FR profile on Wednesday, June 21, 2006. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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8 posted on 07/06/2010 10:06:12 AM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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Next.....on “Deadliest Warrior”......


9 posted on 07/06/2010 10:11:39 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (You can evade reality, but you cannot evade the consequences of evading reality. ~Ayn Rand)
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There can be only one.


10 posted on 07/06/2010 11:49:30 AM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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LOL! True.


11 posted on 07/06/2010 11:57:36 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (You can evade reality, but you cannot evade the consequences of evading reality. ~Ayn Rand)
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I miss the old blam.

Please come back.


12 posted on 07/06/2010 11:58:06 AM PDT by Larry Lucido (You can evade reality, but you cannot evade the consequences of evading reality. ~Ayn Rand)
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