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  Articles, Publications and Field Studies on Archaeology in Libya.  
 
  Various on line articles and publications
 
 

Archaeological Sites in the Great Jamahiriya

 
 
  Lepris Magna
  Sabratha
  Cyrene
  Ghadames
  Other
 
     
  Articles, Publications and Field Studies on Archaeology in Libya.  
 

The Garamantes of the Fezzan
University of Leicester , study of the archaeological of the Garamantes tribes of Classical antiquity (500 BC-AD500).

 
 

The Hadrianic Baths
A computer reconstruction of the baths at Leptis Magna , by Bill Rattenbury.

 
  Salt from the Garamantes From Archaeology Odyssey, an article by Mario Liverani.  
  Haua Fteah
A stone tool study of this Upper Paleolithic site, from Peter Hiscock of Australian National University .
 
 

ACACIA
Arid Climate, Adaptation and Cultural Innovation in Africa , a research group at the University of Koln .

 
 

The Society for Libyan Studies
At the Institute of Archaeology, conducts research at Lepcis Magna and other places; includes tables of contents and some abstracts for Libyan Studies.

 
 

Shelby Brown
University of California at Los Angeles , institutionalized violence; gender studies; particularly Roman period Italy and North Africa .

 
 

Kevin MacDonald
Has conducted work at Haua Fteah, at the Institute for Archaeology, University College , London .

 
 

Peter Hiscock
An article in Antiquity (vol 70, 1996), entitled "Transformations of Upper Palaeolithic Implements in the Dabba industry from Haua Fteah ( Libya )"

 
 

Marijke van der Veen
University of Leicester, Iron Age Agriculture in north-east England, Libya, and Egypt; analysis of desiccated and charred plant remains from Zinchecra, Fezzan, southern Libya, dated 900-400 bc.

 
 

Egyptological Fieldwork Server
From the Centre for Computer-Aided Egyptological Research, a searchable index of field work in Egypt , Sudan , and parts of Libya .

 
 

North Africa Research Group
A platform for the exchange of ideas and information about geology and exploration in North Africa .

 
 

Fezzan Project
A project on the geoarchaeology of the Fezzan region of southwestern Libya , from the University of East Anglia .

 
 

Hadrianic Baths at Leptis Magna
Computer-generated reconstruction of the Hadrianic Roman baths of Leptis Magna , but Bill Rattenbury

 
 

Haua Fteah
From Peter Hiscock at the Australian National University , a project to record the lithic assemblage (stone tools) recovered from this Upper Paleolithic site.

 
 

Lepcis Magna
One of the best preserved and most significant Roman sites in Africa , and owned and protected by the World Heritage Organization.

 
 

The North Africa Research Group GeoNet
A platform for the exchange of ideas and information about geology and exploration in North Africa .

 
     
  Archaeological Sites in the Great Jamahiriya  
 

The rich historical past has left its mark on Libya . There are innumerable archaeological sites that fascinate the tourist and the serious student of history. Chief amongst these sites are:

Leptis Magna , lying 123 miles east of Tripoli , these ruins mark the site of one of three towns built by the Phoenicians when they came in 900 BC. It also flourished during Roman times, especially during the times of Emperors Severus Septimus and Marcus Antonius.This is One of the best preserved and most significant Roman sites in Africa , and owned and protected by the World Heritage Organization.

The Byzantines also left their mark on the city.

Sabratha , to the West, was once the most important commercial centre in North Africa (its fortunes declined with the fall of Carthage ). Founded by the Phoenicians, Sabratha was transformed into a Roman city and later rebuilt by the Byzantines.

Cyrene , now known as "Shahat" lies in a lush green valley in the Jebel Akhdar. Its excellently preserved ruins date from the Greek and Roman period. There are Byzantine buildings also. Along with Appolonia nearby, Cyrene formed part of the Roman Pentapolis - or the five major cities on the Mediterranean coast.

Ghadames, is on the western border. The ruins of this city founded around an oasis has ancient inscriptions and drawings some of which date from over 13,000 years.

Then there are the ruins of Khoms, Tolenetha, Tumaythal and Marsa Susa.

There are also ancient mosques and fortresses dating from the Turkish period whilst the city of Tripoli itself, seems paved with history. Its Red Castle was built centuries ago.