The history of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George in Beirut, Lebanon, is well recorded in written documents and the material culture uncovered by archaeological excavations between 1994 and 1995. In 1995, Archbishop Elias Audeh, the metropolitan of Beirut began a restoration of the cathedral, heavily damaged by the civil war. This article details the archaeological excavation work done by the author underneath the cathedral prior to its restoration. The two objectives for this project were to: (1) investigate the historical sequence and continuous use of the location as a religious site even before the construction of the cathedral; and (2) locate the Byzantine Anastasis Church, which was known to be located near the Law School of Justinian.

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