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Le « pont-barrage » du Nahr ed-Delbé (Ras Shamra – Ougarit, Syrie)

Abstract : From 1986 to 2009, a unique “bridge-dam” was gradually uncovered in the bed of a river that runs south of the site Ras Shamra. It is built of carved rectangular blocks of ramleh. Two phases of activity have been identified, separated by a period of abandonment and partial destruction. The dam function is clearly attested during the first phase and the structure’s use as a bridge is also probable at this time. During the second phase, radiocarbon dated to the Roman period, only the bridge function is attested. By contrast, the chronology of the first phase is more uncertain, with evidence suggesting it was used during the Late Bronze Age or Hellenistic period. A Late Bronze origin seems most likely, given the location of the structure south of Ugarit, and the importance of the structure that could only have been built in the context of a powerful local political authority.
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Bernard Geyer, Yves Calvet, Valérie Matoïan, N. Marriner, M. Leconte, et al.. Le « pont-barrage » du Nahr ed-Delbé (Ras Shamra – Ougarit, Syrie). Valérie Matoïan, Michel Al-Maqdissi. Études ougaritiques III, Éd. Peeters, p. 1-45, 2013, Ras Shamra – Ougarit XXI. ⟨halshs-01257475⟩



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