Kfar Tebnit

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Kfar Tebnit
كفر تبنيت
Kfar Tebnit is located in Lebanon
Kfar Tebnit
Shown within Lebanon
Alternate name Kfar Tebnit
Location 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south southeast of Nabatieh, 37 kilometres (23 mi) southeast of Sidon, Lebanon
Coordinates 33°21′11″N 35°30′48″E / 33.35306°N 35.51333°E / 33.35306; 35.51333
Grid position 128/157 L
Periods Heavy Neolithic, Trihedral Neolithic, Neolithic
Cultures Qaraoun culture
Site notes
Excavation dates 1926
Archaeologists E. Passemard
Public access Unknown

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 takes its name from Tabnith (Hebrew "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


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