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BCD: Archeology
The Paths of  History  (from The Directorate General of Antiquities)
The city center of Beirut was home to a number of civilizations over thousands of years and a wealth of archeological monuments and relics are embedded in its soil. One of the concerns of the development and reconstruction of the BCD is to bring to light this archeological wealth and integrate it into the city center.

Divided into three phases, archeological excavations in the BCD began in the autumn of 1993 with area surveys. The second phase, which consists of open-site excavations, started in the last quarter of 1994, in the region between Martyrs' Square and the Place de l'Etoile.

The third phase, which consists of salvage excavations, began in June 1994 in the Souks area with a team from the American University of Beirut and British archeologists, and another team from the University of Amsterdam. These excavations were to continue throughout 1994 and the two initial teams are to be joined by teams from the University of Leyden and the Lebanese University.

The excavations are scheduled to last between 24 to 30 months in the area between Martyrs' Square and Place de l'Etoile, the Maronite St. George Church to the south and the Omari mosque to the north. If the excavations yield significant finds, the area will be designated an archeological park. In other parts of the BCD, archeological finds will be integrated into the architecture of new buildings or placed on display in public gardens or the National Museum.

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