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Ugarit
« on: March 03, 2006, 08:14:03 PM »

Cush,

The Ugarit placemark in your Google Earth kml file appears to be in the wrong spot. Your placemark is located at
35 35' 26.36" N
35 45' 20.32" E

The correct location of Ras Shamra is closer to
35 36' 7.50" N
35 47' 9.94" E

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Re: Ugarit
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2006, 10:50:53 PM »

Thank you. I changed the coordinates. Is that also where the ancient temples are located?
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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2006, 11:04:37 PM »

As far as I know. If you zoom in on the tell, the upper-right (NE) corner is where the temples of Baal and Dagon were located. The palaces were in the upper-left (NW) corner.

I'm relying on the site plan in Michael Roaf's Cultural Atlas of Mesopotamia and the Ancient Near East (Facts on File, 1990) p.147.

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« Reply #3 on: March 05, 2006, 03:47:50 PM »

Cush,

The Ugarit placemark in your Google Earth kml file appears to be in the wrong spot. Your placemark is located at
35 35' 26.36" N
35 45' 20.32" E

The correct location of Ras Shamra is closer to
35 36' 7.50" N
35 47' 9.94" E

Payaso

But thats less then 2 miles. How can you be so sure where the place really wAS?
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2006, 02:50:56 AM »

But thats less then 2 miles. How can you be so sure where the place really wAS?

We know where Ugarit is because of:
(1) excavations.
(2) texts found in the excavations--lots of texts.

I was able to find where it is in Google Earth because of:
(1) aerial photographs taken of the site.
(2) site plans drawn of the site by surveyors, architects and archaeologists.
(3) I then match up these photographs and plans up with the site which is visible in Google Earth; the imagery is not perfect, but it is clear enough to be fairly certain that this is indeed the site of Ras Shamra.

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Re: Ugarit
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2006, 04:39:57 AM »

Luc,

Of course, there are images and plans all over the internet which are mislabeled (a prime example of this is the confusion of Dura Europos remains with Mari). But by comparing enough of them, and cross-checking with printed works, one can usually acquire a fairly good idea of what a site looks like and where it is located.

Here are some examples of images I used to find Ugarit. Compare them with the imagery of Google Earth and tell me what you think.

http://instruct1.cit.cornell.edu/courses/nes262/studentproj/spring05/dls74/images/ugarit-aerial.jpg
http://ist-socrates.berkeley.edu:8080/~ane/index.php?course=nes15&do=detail&imgid=00390
http://www.labherm.filol.csic.es/Sapanu97/PaginaWeb/Imagenes_c/De_G.U.E./RasShamra-Minet.gif
http://ist-socrates.berkeley.edu:8080/~ane/index.php?course=nes15&do=detail&imgid=00478
http://oi.uchicago.edu/OI/IS/PARDEE/NN_WIN02/NN_Win02_fig3.gif
http://ist-socrates.berkeley.edu:8080/~ane/index.php?course=nes15&do=detail&imgid=00431

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