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Kfar Tebnit or Kfar Tibnit (Arabic: كفر تبنيت‎) is a village located approximately 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south southeast of Nabatieh, 37 kilometres (23 mi) southeast of Sidon in Lebanon.

Kfar Tebnit
كفر تبنيت
Kfar Tebnit is located in Lebanon
Kfar Tebnit
Shown within Lebanon
Alternative nameKfar Tebnit
Location4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south southeast of Nabatieh, 37 kilometres (23 mi) southeast of Sidon, Lebanon
Coordinates33°21′11″N 35°30′48″E / 33.35306°N 35.51333°E / 33.35306; 35.51333
Grid position128/157 L
PeriodsHeavy Neolithic, Trihedral Neolithic, Neolithic
CulturesQaraoun culture
Site notes
Excavation dates1926
ArchaeologistsE. Passemard
Public accessUnknown

Kfar Tebnit takes its name from Tabnith in arabic تبنيت (Phoenician "Tibni"), a ruler in the area ca. 280 BC and known as the "king of two Sidons". The sarcophagus of his son Eshmun-'azar was found to bear a long inscription aimed to prevent looting with assurances that the tomb contained no treasure.[1]



A Heavy Neolithic archaeological site of the Qaraoun culture was discovered here in 1926 by E. Passemard. Heavy Neolithic materials were found alongside one Trihedral Neolithic along with more regular Neolithic pieces. The tools were in sharp condition, made of fresh chert or grey-green flint and are stored in the National Museum of Beirut.[2]


In 1875 Victor Guérin visited, and found here 130 Metualis.[3]


  1. ^ Hitti, 2004, p. 125
  2. ^ Copeland and Wescombe, 1966, pp. 35-36
  3. ^ Guérin, 1880, p. 521


  • Copeland, L.; P. Wescombe (1966). Inventory of Stone-Age Sites in Lebanon: North, South and East-Central Lebanon, pp. 35-36. Impr. Catholique. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  • Guérin, V. (1880). Description Géographique Historique et Archéologique de la Palestine (in French). 3: Galilee, pt. 2. Paris: L'Imprimerie Nationale.
  • Hitti, P.K. (30 January 2004). History of Syria, Including Lebanon and Palestine. Gorgias Press LLC. pp. 125–. ISBN 978-1-59333-119-1. Retrieved 4 January 2012.

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