Frost and Hamze sign the grant. (The Daily Star/CNRS-L, HO)
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Lebanon is well-known for its rich history, but until now, the study of it has been confined to dry land.A grant was signed Thursday between the National Council for Scientific Research in Lebanon (CNRS-L) and the Honor Frost Foundation to promote maritime archaeology in the waters of Lebanon. The HFF is providing a grant worth $304,000 for the project, which will also be funded through a $225,000 in-kind contribution by CNRS-L. At the launch of the pilot scheme, participants voiced hope that the project would advance the study of maritime archaeology in the Levant, which has never been investigated on such a scale. The funding will go toward a project of Multibeam Bathymetric mapping of identified sites in Tyre and Sidon.Of course, like any narrative in Lebanon nowadays which involves the natural environment, the environmental issue cannot be avoided.Dr. Claude Doumet Serhal, who has been directing the British Museum's excavations at Sidon since 1998, agrees.However, Serhal hoped that this project will allow this to change, and signal in a new era for maritime archaeology in Lebanon.
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