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Ras al-Basit

Ras al-Basit:

53 km north of Latakia; the French excavations of 1971 to 1984 revealed a small settlement with citadel founded as an outpost if Ugarit during the Late Bronze Age, surviving into the Iron Age. It had strong links with Phoenicia and Cyprus and received a Greek colony in the 7th century BC but was destroyed during the Persian period (539 - 331 BC). A basilica was erected at the foot of the acropolis, the port facilities improved and houses for the wealthy constructed.