BEIRUT, July 8 (KUNA) -- Lebanese archeologists have uncovered six carved
stone coffins in the ancient city of Byblos dating back to the Roman Byzantine
Tania Zaven, an archeologist at Lebanon's General Directorate of
Antiquities, said in a press release, that these coffins were buried under an
Many more of these coffins are believed to be buried under the floors of
other buildings in the location and differ in shape, size and digging methods,
depending on the individual's traditions, habits and social status,
archaeologist Ahmad Al-Maghrabi noted.
The coffins, actually holes in rock, are family graves - used for multiple
burials of family members over successive times.
The families' property was buried alongside their remains, in the belief
that the family would be reunited in an afterlife.
Lebanon is rich in undiscovered historical treasures and monuments, dating
back to the iron and bronze ages and each of the Hellenistic, Roman Byzantine
and Mamluk empires. (end)
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