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Akbiyeh is an archaeological site approximately 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) south of Sidon, northeast of Ain Kantarah in Lebanon.[1] The area of black soil around 600 metres (2,000 ft) by 30 metres (98 ft) was found by Godefroy Zumoffen in 1894.[2] Material recovered is in the Museum of Lebanese Prehistory including four bifaces of Lower Paleolithic form along with a variety of material suggested to be Middle Paleolithic and Heavy Neolithic of the Qaraoun culture. These include a number of rectangular picks, rough cores and flakes in various conditions. The site is now under cultivation.[3]

Location12 kilometres (7.5 mi) south of Sidon, Lebanon
Typeblack soil area
PeriodsHeavy Neolithic, Neolithic
CulturesQaraoun culture
Site notes
Excavation dates1894
ArchaeologistsGodefroy Zumoffen
Conditionunder cultivation
Public accessYes


  1. ^ Lorraine Copeland; P. Wescombe (1965). Inventory of Stone-Age sites in Lebanon, p. 128-135. Imprimerie Catholique. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  2. ^ Godefroy Zumoffen (1900). La Phénicie avant les phéniciens: l'âge de la pierre. Impr. catholique. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
  3. ^ Howell, F., Upper Pleistocene Stratigraphy and Early Man in the Levant, Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, Volume 103, 1959.