Spring 2007 Vol. V, No. 3
Small Change in Ancient Beirut
The first volume in the Archaeology of the Beirut Souks series (Berytus
45-46, 2001-2202) by Kevin Butcher.
Published coin reports from the eastern Mediterranean are
rare. This book is the first to present over one thousand coins from any
site in Lebanon. A substantial number of the roughly seven thousand coins
retrieved from the AUB Souks and Bath House sites come from well-stratified
groups in carefully excavated deposits, a fact which enhances their information
In 1999, Berytus 43 assembled a series of preliminary reports on the AUB
Souks excavations and the Imperial Roman Bath House, which covered aspects
of Beirut from roughly two and a half millennia (fourth century B.C. to
late Ottoman times), and all types of archaeological materials. The Roman
Bath House, large private houses and a mosaic-paved shopping street, workshops,
as well as the enlargement of the late Ottoman quay and dock area significantly
broaden our knowledge of Beirut's past.
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