UGARIT

In 1928, at a site just north of Lattakia, archeologists unearthed one of the most spectacular finds in Syria:  the complete Kingdom of Ugarit, ’probably the first great international port in history,’ and a tablet bearing the oldest phonetic alphabet in the world.  Ugarit rose to prominence between the 10th and 13th centuries B.C., and is one of the few Bronze Age sites in the Middle East.  The finger-sized clay tablet which bears an inscription using the now-famous 28-letter alphabet is now on display at the National Museum in Damascus.  After a guided visit of the fascinating ruins, including the Royal palace, residential quarters, and necropolis, head to a nearby restaurant right on the sea for a meal of freshly caught fish and delicious Syrian Mezze.