Minet El-Beida
Minet el-Beida
Duck container, a toilette article designed to hold make-up. Hippopotamus tusk, 13th century BC. Found at Minet el-Beida.
Duck container found at Minet el-Beida.
Located on the Mediterranean coast of Syria
Located on the Mediterranean coast of Syria
Shown within Syria
Alternative name Ma'hadu
Location Latakia, Syria
Coordinates 35°36?25?N 35°46?34?E / 35.607°N 35.776°E / 35.607; 35.776
Type settlement, port
Founded late fifteenth century BC
Periods Bronze Age
Cultures Canaanite
Satellite of Ugarit
Events Bronze Age collapse
Site notes
Excavation dates 1928--1935
Archaeologists Claude F. A. Schaeffer
Ownership Public
Public access No

Minet el-Beida (Arabic: ‎, The White Harbor; or ancient Ma'hadu) is a small bay located 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) north of Latakia, Syria on the Mediterranean Sea. [1] It is an important archaeological site because it served as the harbor town and necropolis for Ugarit.

See also


  1. ^ Michael C. Astour, Ma'Hadu, the Harbor of Ugarit, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, vol. 13, iss. 1, pp. 113 - 127, 1970


  • Watson, Wilfred G. E.; Wyatt, Nicolas (1999). Handbook of Ugaritic studies, Part 1, Volume 39. BRILL. ISBN 978-90-04-10988-9.
  • Younger, K. Lawson (2007). Ugarit at Seventy-Five. EISENBRAUNS. ISBN 978-1-57506-143-6.
  • Gates, Charles (2003). Ancient cities: the archaeology of urban life in the Ancient Near East and Egypt, Greece and Rome. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-12182-8.
  • Hansen, Mogens Herman (2000). A comparative study of thirty city-state cultures: an investigation. Kgl. Danske Videnskabernes Selskab. ISBN 978-87-7876-177-4.

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