Thursday, June 28, 2012

Construction firm demolishes Phoenician port

"An ancient Phoenician port in Beirut dating back to at least 500 B.C. was destroyed Tuesday after the culture minister gave a construction firm the green light to proceed with its project to build three skyscrapers on the site. Civil society activists and the Venus construction firm have been in a standoff for more than a year over the firm’s $500 million development project. The controversy reached a decisive turning point this week when several bulldozers demolished one of the oldest ports in the country."

Read the rest of the article at THE DAILY STAR

1 comment:

  1. More or less every big build in the City of London involves archaeological finds, a discovery and recording process followed by shoving a skyscraper on top. When I worked on site we found the main Roman Road to Colchester, along with a Roman cemetery. A number of buildings display artifacts uncovered during construction, they used to/may have Roman pieces in 250 Bishopsgate.
    Lebanon should be praised to actually have the legislation and governance so that some archaeological work can be done, and it actually went to ministerial level for sign off. Even in the UK large firms will cover up remains in order not to add months of archaeology work to be scheduled in, so I think this story is more positive than it actually reads.