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Uragit pottery, industrial school for reading history
LATTAKIA- The archeological discoveries in Ugarit played an important role in the reading of the modern Bronze Age between 1400 to 1200 B.C. as they highlighted the power and greatness of Ugarit civilization and its significant position as a world trade center in the Mediterranean basin.
Director of Ugarit website, researcher Ghassan al-Qaim, pointed out that the discoveries included large amounts of potteries of various kinds and shapes, particularly those which were made by the pottery wheel, or the so-called the "pottery maker".
Al-Qaim said that Ugarit produced the storage jars used to store and transport oil and wine, asserting that Uragit had imported several kinds of potteries from Cyprus, Greece, Anatolia and Palestine, adding that the local potteries were distinguished by their wonderful ornamentations, particularly the cups and pitchers.
He stressed that the Ugarit pottery maker created new unique and original kinds of potteries, particularly the big jars, which moved some researchers to refer to the Ugaritian school in manufacturing potteries and ceramic pots derived from the ancient Syrian arts and mythology.
Al-Qaim asserted that using the wheel helped in developing pottery industry in Ugarit as it was used in the Levant and Mesopotamia since the 5th millennium B.C..