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Corine Yazbeck

Present Post

Assistant Professor in Prehistory at the Department of Archaeology, Lebanese University (section II, Fanar, Beirut).

Research Interests

  • The Palaeolithic of Lebanon: especially the adaptations of Neanderthals, early modern human societies and late Pleistocene hunter-gatherers.
  • Palaeolithic lithic technology, use of raw material sources, and settlement patterns.
  • Geoarchaeology of Beirut

Current Research Projects

  • The Qadisha Valley Project (Lebanon). A survey and excavation project being co-directed by Andrew Garrard (Institute of Archaeology, UCL) which is focussing on Palaeolithic and Neolithic settlement in the forested mountain environments of the Qadisha Valley in northern Lebanon. A major element has been the excavation of two caves with Early Epipalaeolithic through to Late Neolithic levels (22,000–7,500 cal BP) at Moghr el-Ahwal. Collaborators include: Gassia Artin (Paris), Martin Bates (Lampeter), Yvonne Edwards (UCL, London) and Katherine Wright (UCL, London).
  • Scientific director of various urban rescue sites in Beirut in collaboration with the Antiquity Direction of Lebanon.
  • Consultant in prehistoric archaeology in Beirut rescue excavations in collaboration with the Antiquity Direction of Lebanon.

Educational Background

  • Doctorate in Archaeology (Lyon 2002)
  • Thesis concerned with Palaeolithic chipped stone tools.
  • DEA (Lyon 1997), concerned with Palaeolithic chipped stone tools

Previous Posts

Researcher at the Musée de Préhistoire Libanaise, Université Saint Joseph, Beirut (until 2008).

  • Copeland L. and Yazbeck C. (2002) Inventory of Stone Age Sites in Lebanon, Part III, Additions and Revisions, 1967-2001. Mélanges de L’Université Saint-Joseph, Vol. LV (1997-1998): 121-325.
  • Yazbeck C. (2002) Matérial lithique de la grotte d’al-Hourriyé. In F. Beayno et al. (eds.) Mgharet al-Hourriyé (Karm Saddé, Caza de Zgharta). Rapport préliminaire de la fouille de 2001. Bulletin d’Archéologie et d’Architecture Libanaises (BAAL), VI: 135-178.
  • Garrard A.N. and Yazbeck C. (2003) Palaeolithic reconnaissance in Lebanon and Western Syria. CBRL 2003. Newsletter of the Council for British Research in the Levant: 20-22.
  • Garrard A.N. and Yazbeck C. (2003) Qadisha Valley Prehistory Project (Northern Lebanon). Summary of first two seasons investigations. Bulletin d'Archéologie et d'Architecture Libanaise (BAAL), Vol. VII: 7-14.
  • Pirie A., Haidar-Boustani M. and Yazbeck C. (2003) Lithic assemblages from the TB and ALH sites. In A.N. Garrard et al. (eds.) Survey of Nachcharini Cave and prehistoric settlement in the northern Anti-Lebanon Highlands. Bulletin d’Archéologie et d’Architecture Libanaises (BAAL), VII: 15-48.
  • Yazbeck C. (2004) Identification de schémas de débitage au Paléolithique inférieur en Béqaa méridionale (Liban). In O. Aurenche, M. Le Mière and P. Sanlaville (eds) From the River to the Sea. The Euphrates and the Levant. Papers in Honour of Lorraine Copeland. Oxford, B.A.R. International Series S1263: 203-221.
  • Garrard A.N. and Yazbeck C. (2004) The Qadisha Valley Prehistory Project, Northern Lebanon. CBRL 2004. Newsletter of the Council for British Research in the Levant: 36-38.
  • Garrard A.N. and Yazbeck C. (2004) Qadisha Valley Prehistory Project, Northern Lebanon: Results of 2003 Survey season. Bulletin d'Archéologie et d'Architecture Libanaise (BAAL), Vol VIII: 5-46.
  • Yazbeck C. (2005) Le Paléolithique du Liban: bilan critique. Paléorient, Vol. 30/2: 111-126.
  • Garrard A.N and Yazbeck C. (2005) The Qadisha Valley Prehistory Project, Northern Lebanon. CBRL 2005. Newsletter of the Council for British Research in the Levant: 58-59.
  • Garrard A. and Yazbeck C. (2005) The Revival of Prehistoric Field Research in Lebanon: The Qadisha Valley Prehistory Project. Near Eastern Archaeology 68 (4): 193-194.
  • Yazbeck C. (2006) The Early Bronze Age industries of Sidon (“College Site Excavations”). In C. Doumet-Serhal (ed.) The Early Bronze Age in Sidon, “College Site” excavations 1998-2001. Beirut, Institut français du Proche-Orient: Bibliothèque archéologique et historique (BAH), Vol. 178: 291-300.
  • Yazbeck C. (2006) Les grottes préhistoriques du Paléolithique libanais. Proceedings of the 2nd Middle-East Speleology Symposium 2006 (MESS2), SCL Publication, Beirut, Lebanon: 81-83.
  • Garrard A. and Yazbeck C. (2006) The Qadisha Valley Prehistory Project, Northern Lebanon. CBRL 2006. Bulletin of the Council for British Research in the Levant 1: 55-57.
  • Yazbeck C. (2007) Chert procurement and use in the Lower Palaeolithic of Lebanon. In C. Delage (ed.) Chert Availability and Prehistoric Exploitation in the Near East. Oxford: BAR International Series S1615: 152-163.
  • Garrard A. and Yazbeck C. (2008) Qadisha Valley Prehistory Project, Lebanon. The 2004-2008 Excavations at Moghr el-Ahwal. Bulletin d’Archéologie et d’Architecture Libanaises (BAAL), Vol. XII: 5-15
  • Yazbeck C. (2009) La Préhistoire à Ras el Kelb. Bulletin d'Archéologie et d'Architecture Libanaise (BAAL), Hors Série V: 183-193.
  • Yazbeck C. (2009) Chipped Stone Tools from the Bronze Age in Lebanon. Bulletin d'Archéologie et d'Architecture Libanaise (BAAL), Hors Série VI: 69-75.
  • Garrard A. and Yazbeck C. (2010) The Qadisha Valley Prehistory Project, Northern Lebanon. CBRL 2010. Bulletin of the Council for British Research in the Levant 5: 48-50.
  • Yazbeck C. (2011/12) Chipped stone tools from the Middle Bronze Age settlement in Sidon. College site, excavations 2000-2002. Archaeology & History in the Lebanon, Vol. 34-35: 173-191.
  • Garrard A. and Yazbeck C. (in press) The Natufian of Moghr el Ahwal in the Qadisha Valley, northern Lebanon. In O. Bar-Yosef & F. Valla (eds.) The Natufian Culture in the Levant II. Ann Arbor: International Monographs in Prehistory.

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