Country  Lebanon
Governorate Mount Lebanon Governorate
District Matn District
Mtaileb I, Mtaileb II
Shown within Lebanon
Location 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) east northeast of Antelias (Mtaileb I)
Region Mount Lebanon Governorate
Coordinates 33°55′25″N 35°36′41″E / 33.923611°N 35.611389°E / 33.923611; 35.611389
Periods Heavy Neolithic, Neolithic
Cultures Qaraoun culture
Site notes
Condition Ruins
Public access Yes
Heavy Neolithic flint tools of the Qaraoun culture found at Mtaileb I - Massive nosed scraper on a flake with irregular jagged edges, notches and "noses".

Mtaileb or Mtayleb (Arabic: المطيلب) is a suburb north of Beirut in the Matn District of Mount Lebanon Governorate in Lebanon.[1]

Mtaileb I

Mtaileb I or Rabiya is an archaeological site located 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) east northeast of Antelias in a wooded ravine next to a road that zig-zags upwards to the Rabiya Club.[2] The site was discovered by Auguste Bergy in 1941 and a Heavy Neolithic assemblage of the Qaraoun culture consisting of enormous flint tools was collected and now held in the Museum of Lebanese Prehistory marked "1,500 m - 1,800m E.N.E. Antelias". The tools were studied by Jacques Cauvin and said to be made of impure Upper Jurassic flint. The area is now well built up with widely spaced villas and contains flint outcrops under the soil.[2]

Mtaileb II

Mtaileb II is located 900 metres (3,000 ft) west northwest of Mtaileb on the north facing, wooded, sandstone slopes, in a junction of two ravines beneath the main Bikfaya road. A small Neolithic assemblage of tools was collected in beige and grey flint with small axes and picks. One slightly polished trapezoidal axe was found. The material is stored in the Museum of Lebanese Prehistory marked "1500 m S.W. Mazraat-ech-Chaar".[2]


  1. Université Saint-Esprit (1992). Encyclopédie maronite, p. 124. Université Saint Esprit. Retrieved 6 August 2011.
  2. 1 2 3 Lorraine Copeland; P. Wescombe (1965). Inventory of Stone-Age sites in Lebanon, p. 109-110, also see fig. XIII for drawings of Heavy Neolithic tools from Mtaileb I. Imprimerie Catholique. Retrieved 21 July 2011.

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