Ras Baalbek I

Ras Baalbek I
ورأس بعلبك
location in Lebanon
Location 26 km (16 mi) North-east of Baalbek
Region Bekaa Valley
Coordinates 34°15′36″N 36°25′25″E / 34.259912°N 36.423723°E / 34.259912; 36.423723
Type Rock Shelter
Periods PPNB
Cultures Neolithic
Site notes
Excavation dates 1965-1966, 1970
Archaeologists Lorraine Copeland,
Peter Wescombe,
Jacques Besançon
Condition Ruins
Public access Yes

Ras Baalbek I (Arabic: ورأس بعلبك) is a rock shelter 500 m (1,600 ft) east of Ras Baalbek in the northern Beqaa Valley in Lebanon.[1] It sits north of the Wadi Teniyet er-Râs valley at a height of 1,000 m (3,300 ft). It was first discovered by Lorraine Copeland and Peter Wescombe in 1965-1966. It was later excavated by Jacques Besançon in 1970.[2] Retouched blades along with a pressure-flaked arrowhead and a burin were found dated to the Neolithic period.


  1. Université Saint-Joseph (Beirut; Lebanon) (1968). Mélanges de l'Université Saint-Joseph. Impr. catholique. Retrieved 24 March 2011.
  2. 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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