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Ugarit underwent the perhaps most typical discovery of precious places in archaeological terms: in 1928, while ploughing a field, a peasant stroke against a stone, removed it, and uncovered a passage ... Then French archaeologists excavated the entire kingdom of Ugarit, perhaps the first large international seaport in the history of mankind, as well as a clay tablet, where the world's oldest alphabet was engraved. 

Not far from Lattakia, Ugarit is perhaps Syria's most spectacular finding. The site is one of the rare archaeological excavations of the Bronze Age in the Middle East. Ugarit is the capital of a reign which flourished between centuries 18th and 13th BC. The city had trade relations with the entire region. A clay tablet thick as a finger excavated together with thousand other clay tablets in Ugarit is considered the oldest document of the wide spread modern-day alphabet of 28 letters -

The term "alphabet" is due to the fact that the first two letters A and B had the Semitic names Aleph and Bet. The original can be visited in the National Museum of Damascus. After a tour with a specially trained guide through the fascinating ruins with the royal palace, the residential quarters and the tomb city, unpretentious fish restaurants invite you to feast and relax at the seaside.

 

 

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