Conclusion

The report concluded that the types of stones and their proportions to each other represent a Middle Palaeolithic
industry. The retouched specimens consist of retouched Levallois and Moustier points.
Some remarkable features of the industry of the site are characterized by abundance of one sided-cores,a
characteristic of transitional industries and by unsual smallness of cores and retouched points. Majority of cores and
retouched Levallois and Moustier points have a length of 3-4 cm only. The report concluded that the occupants of the
site seem to have been big-bear hunters with small points. It is noteworthy that the name of the village close to this
site
Bdebba means "House of the Bear".
Syrian Brown Bear
Ursus arctos syriacus  or the Syrian Brown bear, probably the closest bear
species  that could have been present  in the neighborhood of Keoue site.
Panoramic view of Wadi Keoue Middle Palaeolithic Prehistoric Site
Panoramic view of Wadi Keoue site (from As-Saydi Church of Bterram )
References:

- John Shea. Athena Review (2001; 2(4):21)
- Hitashi Watanabe. The excavation of the Keoue Cave, Lebanon. Interim Report, June 1970. Bulletin du Musee de
Beyrouth. Tome XXIII, 1970, Paris.
- Bulletin No.1 Report of the Reconnaissance survey on Palaeolithic sites in Lebanon and Syria Edited by H. SUZUKI
and I. KOBORI The University Museum  of Tokyo 1970.
The Big Bear
Hunters
Keoue caves
Neanderthal man
Wadi Keoue
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