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  The postern gate
by TheWanderingCamel

Ugarit is another of those sites that seem, on the surface, to be an unmeaningful jumble of low stone walls and odd little hillocks. There's not much here to tell you just how important this place is. A tiny clay tablet found here is considered to be the first use of an alphabet - one symbol for one sound - a discovery which revolutionised written language and laid the foundations for reading and writing as we know it.

The site, on a lovely headland, is huge. There are very extensive ruins, mostly low walls delineating the various buildings of the city. The palace complex is vast , with over 90 rooms, courtyards and evidence of an indoor garden. It is particularly beautiful in Spring , when the whole site is a mass of flowers and scented wild herbs. Exiting through the postern gate will give you a very good idea of just how massive this Bronze Age city's walls were and the strength of its defences.

The National Museum in Damascus now houses the most important finds from Ugarit, including the alphabet tablet.

Website: http://www.homsonline.com/Citeis/Ugarit.htm

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  • Written Apr 19, 2005
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