Murex Hill

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Sidon (Saida) , Lebanon
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Murex Hill is an artificial hill about 100m high and 50m long, partially covered by a cemetery. This is Sidon's ancient garbage dump, largely formed from the crushed remains of hundreds of thousands of murex shells, the by-product of the city's famed dye. It took 10,000 murex molluscs to make just one gram of purple dye which, in Roman times, was worth three times as much as gold when used on silk. Traces of the shells can be seen on the embankment heading south from the Castle of St Louis. Located just south of the Castle of St Louis.