Claude Doumet Serhal (CBE)

Talk entitled ‘The British Museum Excavations Project in Saida’. In a rare departure from our normal focus on current events and the politics of the Middle East, we were delighted to welcome Claude Doumet Serhal, one of Lebanon’s foremost archaeologists. She is a special assistant to the British Museum and since 1998 is the Director of the British Museum excavations project in Saida, Lebanon. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at University College London, and an associate member of the Research Institute for ancient Semitic Studies at the College de France. She is the founder and editor of the magazine ‘Archaeology and History in Lebanon’ and has published several articles on the excavations at Saida. Her talk focused on the groundbreaking discoveries at Saida which reveal much new information on the history of the city from 4,000 to 2,000 BC and its Phoenician roots. The Director of the British Museum, Dr. Neil McGregor, described the Saida project as ‘one of the most important archaeological missions currently being undertaken by the British Museum anywhere in the world’.

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