Travel & Archaeology

Syria and Lebanon: Research

Recommended Publications:

“Phoenicians” by Glenn E. Markoe.
British Museum Press, 2000 (paperback), 224 pages, ISBN 978-0714127671
Glenn Markoe is Curator of Classical and Near Eastern Art at the Cincinnati Art Museum. A reliable and readable introduction to the Phoenicians which covers most aspects of their culture.

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“Phoenician Secrets: Exploring the Ancient Mediterranean” by Sanford Holst.
Santorini Books, 2011 (paperback), 380 pages, ISBN 978-0983327905
Sanford Holst is one of the world’s leading authorities on the Phoenicians, and appears in the BBC series Ancient Worlds. His latest book is thoroughly researched and clearly written, and draws back the veil of secrecy surrounding the mysterious Phoenicians.
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“Cultural Atlas of Mesopotamia and the Ancient Near East” by Michael Roaf and Nicholas Postgate.
Facts on File Inc (1991) Reprinted by Andromeda, 2008 (hardback), 280 pages, ISBN 978-0816022186
This beautifully illustrated, clear and highly accessible volume is also expertly written by a former director of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq, with advisory editing from a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. It is one of the best places to start a familiarisation with the ancient civilisations of the Near East.
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“A History of the Ancient Near East ca. 3000-323 BC” by Marc Van De Mieroop.
Blackwell, 2004 (paperback), 349 pages, ISBN 978-1405149112
An excellent introduction for general readers to the multicultural civilisations of the ancient Near East from the emergence of writing and the first cities, through the Babylonian and Hittite kingdoms, to the Assyrian and Persian empires.
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“The Archaeology of Syria. From Complex Hunter-Gatherers to Early Urban Societies (ca. 16,000-300 BC)” by Peter Akkermans and Glenn Schwartz.
Cambridge University Press, 2003 (paperback), 458 pages, ISBN 978-0521796668
This is the first comprehensive treatment of early Syria to incorporate recent fieldwork results. Both authors are professors of Near Eastern studies, and here examine the important contributions of Syrian archaeology to issues like the origins of agriculture, the emergence of civilisation, and the world’s first empires.

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“The Monuments of Syria. A Guide” by Ross Burns.
I.B.Tauris, 2009 (paperback, 3rd edition), 368 pages, ISBN 978-1845119478
Diplomat and Historian Ross Burns has produced the most detailed and up-to-date guidebook to Syria currently available. A comprehensive gazetteer of sites and museums is complemented by plenty of historical and architectural information. An invaluable aid to anyone exploring the country’s archaeological and historical sites.
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“Damascus. A History” by Ross Burns.
Routledge, 2007 (paperback), 408 pages, ISBN 978-0415413176
The previous author has also produced this definitive guide to Damascus, examining every layer of the archaeology and history of one of the oldest continuously inhabited capitals in the world.
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“Syria. A Historical and Architectural Guide” by Warwick Ball.
Melisende UK, 2006 (paperback), 298 pages, ISBN 978-1901764468
An intelligent layman’s guide to Syria with an historical background and a regional approach. It includes some interesting details and has a readable style.
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