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by MalenaN

The ancient site of Ugarit (Ras Shamra) is situated 15 km from Latakia but it can easily be reached with a microbus. The microbus leaves from a side street behind Saaht al-Sheikh Daher and the fare is 5 SP.

The site was inhabited already from the 6th century BC, but it was during the period after 2000 the city was on its peak, until 1200 when it was sacked and never recovered.

An important find is the archives with the many tablets with cuneiform texts in several languages. They give information of Ugarits religion and myths, diplomatic correspondence, the kings of the kingdom, economy and trade.

There are also tablets written with the Ugarit alphabet, the first alphabet!
In the Ugaritic alphabet there are only 30 symbols where each symbol represents one sound.

Entrance fee to the archaeological site is 150 SP.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 9, 2004
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