Kamid al lawz

Kamed Al Lawz
كامد اللوز
Country  Lebanon
Governorate Beqaa Governorate
District Western Beqaa District
  Total 6,000
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Dialing code +961
Kamid al lawz
Shown within Lebanon
Alternate name Kamid el-Loz
Location Beqaa Valley, Lebanon
Coordinates 33°36′58″N 35°48′58″E / 33.616°N 35.816°E / 33.616; 35.816
Type Tell
Part of Settlement
Periods Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Byzantine
Cultures Persian, Hellenistic, Roman
Site notes
Condition ruins
Public access Yes

Kamid al lawz (or Kamid el-Loz) is located in West Bekaa, Lebanon. Its population numbers several thousand, mostly Sunni, people.[1]


This town was the site of major German archaeological excavations between 1963 and 1981. One of the most important sites in Lebanon where archaeologists found and recorded many spectacular buildings, which are very important to the history of the region. Paleolithic material was found alongside Heavy Neolithic on through to the late Neolithic period, becoming a seat of state in the Bronze Age and continuing until the Byzantine era, a German team from the University of Freiburg has conducted more recent excavations and studies.[2]

Numerous urban structures such as defense systems, temples, palaces, private dwellings, workshops and cemeteries were uncovered. Archaeologists also found everyday objects such as pottery, as well as jewelry and other luxury items.

Cuneiform tablets

Probably the most important finds were documents written in cuneiform on clay tablets dated to the 14th century BC.[3] The village of Kamed el-Loz lies on top of settlements built in the Persian, Hellenistic and Roman periods. The site has been determined to be the city of Kumidi in the Amarna letters.[4][5] It was used as a residence to Egyptian officials to oversee the southern Levantine kings for the pharaoh.

South of the village we find a necropolis or burial place that also dates to this era. Just outside Kamed-El-Loz is a large Umayyad quarry visible from the road. Rock-cut tombs can be seen here, as well as Aramaic inscriptions. The quarry provided stones for the 8th century city of Anjar and was worked by Nestorian Christians from Iraq who were brought to the Beqaa for this purpose.

The archaeological site of Kamid al lawz I (referred to as Kamed Loz I) is located 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) north-east of the village of Kamed Loz and 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi) north-northeast of Joub Jannine. The site showed a direct transition from Paleolithic material which was mixed with flints from an aceramic, vigorous culture, little recorded in the archaeological record called the Qaraoun culture inhabiting the area at the start of the Neolithic revolution. Heavy Neolithic flints from this culture collected here included scrapers, picks and axes along with a large amount of debris. [6][7]

See also


  1. "The Monthly: issue 91" (PDF). Information International s.a.l. pp. 4, 7. Retrieved 8 December 2015.
  2. Barbara Ann Kipfer (2000). Encyclopedic dictionary of archaeology. Springer. pp. 269–. ISBN 978-0-306-46158-3. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  3. Leon Gray (1 September 2010). The New Cultural Atlas of Egypt. Marshall Cavendish. pp. 180–. ISBN 978-0-7614-7877-5. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  4. Leila Badre (1980). Les figurines anthropomorphes en terre cuite à l'âge du Bronze en Syrie. P. Geuthner. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  5. Wayne Thomas Pitard (May 1987). Ancient Damascus: a historical study of the Syrian city-state from earliest times until its fall to the Assyrians in 732 B.C.E. Eisenbrauns. pp. 62–. ISBN 978-0-931464-29-4. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
  6. Moore, A.M.T. (1978). The Neolithic of the Levant. Oxford University, Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis. pp. 444–446.
  7. L. Copeland; P. Wescombe (1966). Inventory of Stone-Age Sites in Lebanon: North, South and East-Central Lebanon. Impr. Catholique. Retrieved 29 August 2011.

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