The Louvre, Department of Oriental Antiquities

Fragment of Ugaritic alphabet tablet. During the first weeks of his excavation, Schaeffer discovered clay tablets written in a cuneiform alphabet. Not until after World War II, however, did he unearth the first of several abecedary (alphabet) tablets. A fragment of one of these alphabet tablets is pictured here. By comparing this photo to the chart of the Ugaritic alphabet, one can identify many of the letters on the tablet.