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Dolmens of Menjez

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Dolmens of Menjez
Credit: Menjez Municipality

Among the archaeological and historical treasures of the village of Menjez, there are dolmens, megalithic structures (meaning monuments made of rough stone) made up of a set of very large stones arranged to form a kind of table.

The dolmens of Menjez are in fact tombs dating back to the Bronze Age, between 4000 and 2000 BC. The site of Menjez has been inhabited since the 7th millennium and was reoccupied during the Roman era.

These tombs were studied in the 1960s by a Jesuit priest, Maurice Tallon. At that time, there were about a hundred of them, but today there are only forty left, of which eleven have been enhanced by a project supported by various international institutions (British Council, University of Geneva, Museum of Lebanese Prehistory, and Château-Musée de préhistoire in Bélesta in the Eastern Pyrenees).

On the stones, one can sometimes observe engraved and sculpted geometric shapes and symbols, such as triangles, crosses, or serpents: the animal could symbolize the passage from one world to another at the time of death.

Different objects have been found in the tombs, such as glass or bronze jewelry, as well as weapons or agricultural instruments. Visitors can discover and explore these dolmens alone or, even better, with a local guide.

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Akkar District, Akkar Governorate
Akkar Region
Akkar Region
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Period of History (4) +
2d millennium BC
3rd millennium BC
4th millennium BC
Bronze Age