Mystery of the Missing Mosaics
During the civil war, much of Lebanon's archeologinal heritage was pillaged and sold on the black market in Lebanon and Europe. Artifacts fron the National Museum were stolen. Archeological sites not previously excavated were damaged or destroyed by hopefuls looking for gold and silver. Even some stalactites and stalagmites from the Jeita grotto disappered. Much of priceless, ancient Lebanese history is now in private hands and not available to the public.
Furtunately, thanks to the diligent efforts of some concerned individuals, much has also been preserved. The National MUseum collections are again open to the public, and at the restored Beiteddine palace people can view ancient mosaics rescued from various sites.