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The fight to save Lebanon’s crumbling history

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It’s early morning and a trio of elderly women are drinking coffee among the ruins of a crusader cathedral in Tyre. They pour from a steaming rakwe, which has been left to cool on the remains of a stone wall built in the 12th century. As they talk, a group of archaeologists carrying brushes, trowels and shovels appear and begin to clear the ground around them in preparation for excavation. “Today, anything to do with state administration is understaffed, underfunded, or not funded at all. Those in charge are not always enough to supervise everything that is happening in the country” The women …

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