Scientific Assistance for the Valorisation of Mengez Megalithic Sites

This project aims to work on the preservation and optimisation of tourism of the megalithic dolmens of Mengez, in the Akkar region of Northern Lebanon. 

Raising Awareness of Exceptional Cultural Heritage

Akkar has a range of early Bronze Age dolmens in the village of Mengez; Roman temples, crusaders’ castles and churches are scattered across the suburbs there. However, this exceptional collection of cultural heritage is often inconvenient to the villagers’ agricultural crops and there is a lack of understanding of the historical significance of this heritage. The project aims to raise awareness amongst Mengez’s inhabitants of how exceptional the unstudied and unprotected megalithic sites are and will also develop tourism activity around the region, creating economic opportunity for locals.

Economic Development for Mengez

The project will optimise 15 out of the 87 monuments for tourism, by clearing vegetation from the area, making multimedia recordings of the tombs including 3D images and film. During this process, access to the sites will be greatly improved.

Local staff will be trained in documentation with the project’s researchers and in public mediation with the Belesta Museum. These staff will play viatl roles in the maintenance and archival work for the project, raising awareness of the sites and increasing access both locally and internationally.

Project Details

Location: Akkar, Lebanon, Middle East, Asia Organiser(s): University of Geneva Project partner(s): Municipality of Mengez (AKKAR, Lebanon), Museum of Lebanese Prehistory - Universite Saint- Joseph, Chateau- Musee de Prehistoire (France), Directorate of General Antiquities (Beyrouth, Lebanon) Funder(s): British Council Cultural Protection Fund in partnership with DCMS Funding received: £84,183 Commencement Date: 12/2017 Project Status: Active
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