Tell Zeitoun

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Tell Zeitoun
900 metres (3,000 ft)
900 metres (3,000 ft)
Shown within Lebanon
Alternative nameTell Dnaibe
Location8 kilometres (5.0 mi) southwest of Rashaya
RegionBekaa Valley
Coordinates33°28′00″N 35°44′00″E / 33.466667°N 35.733333°E / 33.466667; 35.733333
Founded6900 - 5800 cal. BC
Site notes
Excavation dates1954, 1966, 1968
ArchaeologistsKuschke A
Lorraine Copeland
J. King
Jacques Besançon
Francis Hours
Public accessYes

Tell Zeitoun also called Tell Dnaibe, is an arcaheological site 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) southwest of Rashaya in Lebanon at an altitude of 900 metres (3,000 ft).

It is situated in the valley of the Upper Hasbani (Wadi el-Fatir) on the right bank, north-east of the village of Dnaibe, east of the road.[1] It was first recorded by A. Kuschke in 1954 followed by Lorraine Copeland and J. King in 1966 and lastly by Jacques Besançon and Francis Hours in 1968.[2] Besançon recovered a fragment from an arrowhead a pick or hammer and a serrated sickle blade. These gave a very slight dating suggesting Ubaid occupation equivalent to early neolithic Byblos.[3]


  1. ^ Besançon, J. & Hours, F., Quelques sites prehistoriques nouveaux dans la Beqaa, Melanges de l'Universite Saint Joseph, 44, 75-84, 1968.
  2. ^ Kuschke A., 1954, Beitraege zur Siedlungsgeschichte der Biqa' 1, ZDPV 70 : 104-129.
  3. ^ Francis Hours (1994). Atlas des sites du proche orient (14000-5700 BP). Maison de l'Orient méditerranéen. ISBN 978-2-903264-53-6. Retrieved 24 March 2011.

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