In 1929, a farmer stumbled upon a tomb near the Mediterranean coast of Syria, just north of the modern seaport of Latakia. Initial excavations at the tell of Ras Shamra by René Dussaud and Claude Schaeffer brought to light impressive architectural remains, numerous artifacts, and tablets written in cuneiform (both alphabetic and syllabic). The excavators soon were able to identify the site as the ancient city of Ugarit. Many materials were dated between the fourteenth and twelfth centuries, thus, the data from Ras Shamra–Ugarit have become important as a reference point for the early history of the Near East along the Levantine coast and the eastern Mediterranean.
In this volume, Marguerite Yon, the principal investigator since the early 1970s on behalf of the French archaeological team, brings us up to date on the 70-year-long excavation of the site. During the past 25 years, much of our understanding of the site itself has changed due to new excavation, reexcavation, and reinterpretation of prior work. This volume is the authoritative word on data from the site and its meaning for our understanding of ancient Ugarit’s place in history.
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With numerous architectural plans and object photographs, this is a useful introductory text to the site of Ugarit.
—Kari A. Zobler, archaeologist, University of Illinois
The volume includes chapters on the geography and history of the Ugarit region, a description of the tell reviewing architecture and small finds from each excavated neighborhood, an illustration of various finds, and a select bibliography. The book is extensively illustrated with plans, photographs, and reconstructions . . . The volume points to some of the ways that Ugarit has contributed to our understanding of the Late Bronze Age in terms of history, geopolitics, international trade, and religion.
—Alexander H. Joffe, lecturer, Purchase College