Ugarit (Tell Shamra)


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The archeological site of Ugarit

The Ugarit Kingdom on the Mediterranean coast flourished during the 2nd millennium B.C. Various excavations, which began in 1929, cover only one-sixth of this vast site. This work uncovered quarters of a capital, temples, remains of a fortification, a large royal palace, and numerous houses. Other discoveries – including archive tablets and numerous archaeological objects – are of exceptional and universal importance.

  • July 2014, a fire flared up, because of high winds, and burnt most the unexcavated areas of the vast site, without causing major damage to archeological structures.

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