During most of the Hellenistic and Roman periods the city of Karne or Qurn as it is known in Phoenician (called Tell Quarnum today) was virtually unknown, leaving us only a few glimpses of her historical importance noted below.
Belonging to a confederation of coastal cities called the Aradian peraia including Marathos, Simyra, Balanaia and Gabala, the city had prospered having served as a silver mint for “Alexander The Great” from 328-320 B.C. Re-opening on numerous occasions for the minting of both silver and bronze denominations, with the last know coins produced in 137-136 B.C (Aradian era date 123).
Today there´s virtually no evidence that Karne or the old naval station ever existed and although i searched for hours for any photographic documentation, my efforts were fruitless. I did however find a reference giving longitude and latitude so was able to pinpoint the harbours location on a map of Syria.
The image on the left shows Arados in the south and Karne further north on the Syrian coast.
The image on the right shows a fertile area of vegetation and what remains of this once busy harbour.