Marathos overview
Other name(s) Amrit
Region Levant
Section Northern Levant
Latitude 34.83883044 N suggest info
Longitude 35.90712555 E
Status Accurate location
Info The site was an ancient Phoenician city located near Tartus in Syria. Founded in the third millennium BCE and abandoned during the second century BCE, the city's Phoenician ruins have been preserved in their entirety without extensive remodeling by later generations.
published 1954
Excavations of the site principally began in 1954 by French archaeologist Maurice Dunand. Ceramic ware finds at Amrit indicated the site had been inhabited as early as the third millennium BCE. Middle and Late Bronze Age "silo tombs" were also excavated, with contents ranging from weapons to original human remains. Excavations at the necropolis south of the town yielded several tomb structures. The funeral art found in some tombs with pyramidal-or cube-shaped towers, is considered some of "the most notable grave-monuments of the Phoenician world." Excavations also uncovered the town's ancient harbor, and a U-shaped stadium that dates back to the 4th and 3rd centuries BCE and measures around 230 metres (750 ft) in length.
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34.838830, 35.907126 === 34.838830 N, 35.907126 E === 34° 50' 19.8" N, 35° 54' 25.7" E
Nearest sites Arvad, Arado, Arados, Arpad, Arphad, Antiochia in Pieria, Ruad, Arwad, circa 4.9 km (3 mi) west
Sumur, Simirra, Tell Kazel, circa 16.2 km (10.1 mi) south-east
Safita, circa 19.2 km (12 mi) east
Humairé, circa 28.1 km (17.5 mi) south-east
Sheikh Zennad, circa 27.3 km (17 mi) south
Irqata, Arkite, Arqa, circa 36.5 km (22.7 mi) south-east
Wahlia, Derbly, Mahlata, Kayza, Tripoli, circa 43.8 km (27.2 mi) south
Krak des Chevaliers, circa 36.6 km (22.7 mi) east
Ardata, Tell Arde, circa 47.8 km (29.7 mi) south
Gibala, Tell Tweini, circa 59.3 km (36.9 mi) north
Siyanu, circa 59.2 km (36.8 mi) north
Ć uksu, Tell Sukas, circa 52 km (32.3 mi) north
Mansuate, Qalaat Misyaf, circa 47.1 km (29.3 mi) north-east
Botrys, Batroun, circa 68.7 km (42.7 mi) south-west
Qadesh, Laodicea ad Libanum, circa 64.2 km (39.9 mi) south-east
Tell Sikkin Qaade, circa 68 km (42.2 mi) north-east
Apheca, Afqa, circa 85.7 km (53.3 mi) south
Ugarit, Ras Shamra, circa 85.6 km (53.2 mi) north
Hannjour, circa 64.5 km (40.1 mi) north-east
Gubla, Kepen, Byblos, circa 83.5 km (51.9 mi) south
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Database ID 6786, created 7 Apr 2012, 18:25, Last changed 9 Apr 2012, 00:40