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Hanaway village houses one of the biggest sarcophagus in Lebanon, dating back to the 1st millennium BC (Phoenician - Persian era). The original location of the sarcophagus, according to scholars, has always been where it exists today.

Some scholars named this sarcophagus "Hiram's Tomb" in relation to King Hiram of Tyre (980–947 BC) or to his architect, also named Hiram, who designed and supervised the construction of Solomon's Temple. No archaeological evidence have been able to prove both theories.

The sarcophagus is surrounded by remains of a Byzantine basilica, from which a beautiful mosaic tablet was removed during excavations and is now exhibited at The Louvre museum.

According to local sources in Hanaway, during the Israeli occupation in the 1990's, the IDF excavated several times around the site with the hope to find clues related to the design and location of Solomon's temple, the latter being designed by the architect Hiram as stated previously.

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