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Phoenician Statue Discovered in Lebanon

Friday, May 23, 2014


SIDON, LEBANON—A Phoenician statue dating to the sixth century B.C. has been discovered at the Freres College site in southern Lebanon. The statue depicts a priest wearing a pleated kilt with a pendant flap from the waist to the hem of the kilt. The man’s left hand is closed, perhaps grasping a scroll or a handkerchief. “Nothing comparable has been found in Lebanon since the early 1960s, and only three other examples originating from Sidon, Umm al-Ahmed, and Tyre are housed in the Beirut National Museum,” Claude Doumit Serhal, head of the British Museum excavation team, announced in The Lebanon Daily Star. The statue, which had been reused by the Romans, was found under a marble pavement.