Online Lecture - "The medieval heritage of Anfeh and its neighbourhood (North Lebanon)" by Patricia Antaki (University of Balamand)
March 11th, (3h-4h PM CET, 4h-5h PM in Amman & Beirut)
Join next conference of Ifpo's webinar "ARCHAEOLOGY OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA FROM LATE ANTIQUITY TO THE OTTOMAN PERIOD. FIRST SERIES: LEBANON AND JORDAN"
The investigations conducted in the region of Anfeh in North Lebanon by the Department of Archaeology and Museology of the University of Balamand since 2011 have unveiled the rich past of this coastal town. One of the main periods that has been highlighted is the medieval period and especially the Crusader one during which Anfeh had the status of a lordship of the County of Tripoli. The archaeological evidence includes the remains of a fortress and its triple ditch erected on a long peninsula as well as several religious buildings scattered in Anfeh and its surroundings. Artisanal installations like oil presses have come to light in various places. Moreover, the medieval occupation in almost every surveyed sector of the region is attested by the substantial amount of uncovered material which consists mainly of a large variety of pottery, both local and imported.
Dr. Patricia Antaki is a PhD medieval archaeologist and director of the Department of Archaeology and Museology of the University of Balamand in North Lebanon. Her research interests and publications are mostly related to the archaeology of the Crusader period in Lebanon and the Levantine region. These include studies of Frankish settlements (Beirut, Tyre, Anfeh, Beaufort …), fortifications’ examinations (Tyre city-walls, Beirut citadel, Beaufort fortress, Sidon sea castle, fortified harbours, fortified caves …) as well as churches’ and monasteries’ investigations (cathedral of Tyre, Holy Saviour chapel of Tyre, Saint George Greek-Orthodox cathedral of Beirut, Cistercian abbey of Balamand, chapels of Jbeil and Batroun mountains…). Her field of research also covers various aspects of the material culture of the Crusades such as masons’ marks, sundials, church piscinas, acoustic jars, graffiti, oil lamps and board games.