Cl.-F. A. Shaeffer

Palace walls at Ugarit (Ras Shamra) on the northern Syrian coast. Phoenician-style masonry discovered at this 14th-century B.C. site pushes the antiquity of this type of stone dressing back to pre-Solomonic times. On the right, several ashlars surrounded by four margins appear in the middle courses of this corner exterior wall of the grand palace’s southern archives. On the left, a particularly prominent long ashlar with a boss and margins is seen in the second course from the top of the small palace’s exterior wall.