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Ras Shamra, 1929-1979 [Collection Maison de l'Orient, Hors Série No. 3]

Mission Archéologique de Ras Shamra

Published by Maison de l'Orient, Lyon, 1979
Condition: vg Soft cover

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Quarto. 55, [1]pp. Original photo-illustrated wrappers. A pictorial survey of 50 years of excavations at Ras Shamra ("Fennel Head"), a sixty-five foot mound located near Minet el-Beida (White Harbor) in northern Syria. It is some seven miles north of Laodicea ad Mare and approximately fifty miles east of the point of Cyprus. Ras Shamra, as it is known today, was identified as the ancient Phoenician city of Ugarit. In the spring of 1928, Brahim, a Syrian farmer, was plowing his field when his plow struck a slab of stone. Though initially assuming it to be a flagstone, he noticed that it had square corners. Upon extracting it from the soil, Brahim discovered a huge, underground vault containing vases, jugs, tablets, gold, silver, and pieces of ivory. When this Syrian peasant began to dispose of the artifacts, word reached the local police, who notified French authorities in Beirut (Eisenberg, 1959, p. 99). Charles Virolleaud, an expert in cuneiform, was sent to explore the site but the initial investigations proved relatively fruitless. However, while studying a map of the vault, another French archaeologist, René Dussaud, noted its similarity to the tombs of the kings of ancient Crete. Assuming that important ruins might be found nearby, he persuaded the Académie des Belles Lettres in Paris to sponsor an expedition. Accordingly, In the spring of 1929, a French archaeological expedition directed by F. A. Schaeffer of the Strasbourg Museum and his associate, George Chenet, began the systematic excavation of Ras Shamra. The work continued for a few months each year from 1929 to the outbreak of World War 2, and it was resumed in 1950. Only a small part of the ruin has been excavated, yet it ranks as one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the twentieth century (Pfeiffer, 1962, p. 10). Minor shelf wear. Wrappers and interior in overall very good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 39111

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Title: Ras Shamra, 1929-1979 [Collection Maison de ...

Publisher: Maison de l'Orient, Lyon

Publication Date: 1979

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:vg

Edition: First edition.

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