At Tiri

See Tira for other sites with similar names.
At Tiri
Map showing the location of At Tiri within Lebanon
At Tiri

Location within Lebanon

Coordinates: 33°08′N 35°24′E / 33.133°N 35.400°E / 33.133; 35.400Coordinates: 33°08′N 35°24′E / 33.133°N 35.400°E / 33.133; 35.400
Grid position 187/282 PAL
Country  Lebanon
Governorate Nabatieh Governorate
District Bint Jbeil District
Elevation 750 m (2,460 ft)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Dialing code +961
Alternate name Et Taire, Et Taireh, At Tireh
Location north of Ain Ebel, Lebanon
Periods Heavy Neolithic
Cultures Qaraoun culture
Site notes
Excavation dates 1908
Archaeologists Paul Bovier-Lapierre, Henri Fleisch, Karge
Public access Unknown

Al Tiri (طيري)[1] is a village located in the Caza of Bint Jbeil in the Nabatiye Governorate in Lebanon. It is also the location of two pre-historic archaeological sites.[2]


Taire I (referred to as Et Taireh I) is located 3.5 km north of Ain Ebel to the west of the village. The exact location of the site is unknown and the assemblage found was small and of indeterminable date. It was only mentioned in passing by Paul Bovier-Lapierre in 1908 and Karge in 1918.[3][4]

Taire II (referred to as Et Taireh II and Bassatine el Khawabi) is a Heavy Neolithic archaeological site of the Qaraoun culture. It is located 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) northeast of the village on a small track leading to Kounine that crosses the road between Bent Jbeil and Tibnine. A collection was made south of the track at 690 m above sea level by Jesuit archaeologist Henri Fleisch, who did not publish it but confirmed that the Qaraoun culture was present this far south via personal communication to Lorraine Copeland. The collection is held by the Museum of Lebanese Prehistory at the Saint Joseph University.[2][5]

Ottoman era

In 1596, it was named as a village, Taira in the Ottoman nahiya (subdistrict) of Tibnin under the liwa' (district) of Safad, with a population of 29 households and 7 bachelors, all Muslim. The villagers paid a fixed tax rate of 25 % on agricultural products, such as wheat, barley, fruit trees, goats and beehives, in addition to "occasional revenues" and a fixed sum; a total of 1,656 akçe.[6][7]

In 1875 Victor Guérin visited, and found it to be a village with 150 "Metualis".[8] He further noted: "Here is a little mosque, some of the cut stones in which have probably been taken from some ancient building now destroyed. Other cut stones of similar appearance, and trunks of columns scattered about the village, belong apparently to the same monument. A great birkeh, partly cut in the rock and partly built of medium-sized regular stones, adjoins the houses. Broken sarcophagi are lying about: their lids have acroteria."[9]

In 1881, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) described it: "A small stone village, containing about eighty Metawileh, in narrow valley, with grapes, a few olives, and figs ; many cisterns in and round village ; on hill-side old masonry birket.”[10]

"Many old and well-cut stones and broken fragments of a pillar were observed at this village, showing probably early Christian occupation. An old masonry birkch and a large sarcophagus, for three bodies under one lid, was observed. Three-quarters of a mile to the south-east there is a dolmen on the side of the road of small dimensions."[11]

Modern era

The village is noted for the At Tiri Incident: an April 1980 confrontation between the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the South Lebanon Army in which three Irish Army soldiers were killed.[12]

During the 2006 Lebanon War, 3 civilians were killed and 13 wounded by Israel, as they were trying to flee the village.[13]


  1. Meaning “The fortress”, according to Palmer 1881, p. 97
  2. 1 2 L. Copeland; P. Wescombe (1966). Inventory of Stone-Age Sites in Lebanon: North, South and East-Central Lebanon, p. 53. Impr. Catholique. Retrieved 29 August 2011.
  3. Bovier-Lapierre, Paul. R., Stations préhistoriques du Belel Becharra (Hte Galilée). La Géographie, vol. 17, p. 77
  4. Karge, P., Rephaim : Die Vorgeschichtliche Kultur Palästinas und Phöniziens, Paderborn (First Edition), 1917-1918.
  5. Moore, A.M.T. (1978). The Neolithic of the Levant. Oxford University, Unpublished Ph.D. Thesis. pp. 444–446.
  6. Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 179
  7. Note that Rhode, 1979, p. 6 writes that the register that Hütteroth and Abdulfattah studied was not from 1595/6, but from 1548/9
  8. Guérin, 1880, p. 113
  9. Guérin, 1880, p. 113 as given in Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 258
  10. Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 203
  11. Conder and Kitchener, 1881, SWP I, p. 258
  12. Murphy, 2007, p. 179
  13. HRW, 2007, pp. 155-157


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