4,000-year-old Canaanite warrior found in Sidon dig

By Mohammed Zaatari
Daily Star staff
Tuesday, August 05, 2008

SIDON: The British Museum’s excavation team in Sidon have recently unearthed a new grave containing human skeletal remains belonging to a Canaanite warrior, archeology expert and field supervisor Claude Doumet Serhal told The Daily Star on Monday. According to Serhal, the delegation made the discovery at the “Freres” excavation site near Sidon’s crusader castle.

“This is the 77th grave that we have discovered at this site since our digging activities has started ten years ago with Lebanese-British financing,” she said.
According to Serhal, the remains go back to 2000 B.C., with a British archeologist saying the warrior had been buried at the age of 15 to 20 along with a spear and two stamps.

“We have discovered earlier this year a jar also belonging to the Canaanite period i.e. to 2,000 years B.C. where a skeleton for a newborn baby had been found,” she added.
The archeologist said that Freres “is the first excavation site in old Sidon that is located on a land owned by the General Directorate of Antiquities.”

“We can say that through the discoveries we have been making at this site, we will be able to draw a graph showing the history of this ancient Mediterranean merchant city since 3000 BC,” she added.
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