Fish fos­sil mu­seum

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Mem­ory of Time

In Jbeil’s old souk is (09 540555, mem­o­ry­of­,) a fas­ci­nat­ing fish fos­sil mu­seum run by a fam­ily of fos­sil ex­perts. “Our story with fos­sils started a long time ago, thanks to our grand­fa­ther Ge­orge,” says Pierre Abi Saad. “One day, he ac­ci­den­tally dis­cov­ered a fos­sil fish which led him to un­der­stand that his coun­try and his moun­tains were fa­vored by des­tiny.” Pierre’s father Mikhaël con­tin­ued the fam­ily col­lec­tion and his sons Ge­orge, Joseph, Pierre and Al­bert con­nected the pro­ject with in­ter­na­tional mu­se­ums and univer­si­ties. Be­cause of the dis­rup­tions of the Le­banese Civil War, Pierre was the only one able to con­tinue to univer­sity with the fam­ily pas­sion, do­ing a BA in arche­ol­ogy and MA in pa­le­on­tol­ogy. The fam­ily be­hind Mem­ory of Time look for fos­sils for eight months of the year and also or­ga­nizes sci­en­tific ex­cur­sions that the pub­lic can join from April to May and Septem­ber to Oc­to­ber. “We have found a huge va­ri­ety of species. In fact, the quar­ries of Le­banon are the rich­est in the whole world,” says Pierre.

A fos­sil found by Mem­ory of Time mu­seum

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