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Massive New Monument Found in Petra
nationalgeographic.com ^

Posted on 06/09/2016 5:02:15 AM PDT by BenLurkin

The newly revealed structure consists of a 184-by-161-foot (about 56-by-49-meter) platform that encloses a slightly smaller platform originally paved with flagstones. The east side of the interior platform had been lined with a row of columns that once crowned a monumental staircase.

A small 28-by-28-foot (8.5-by-8.5-meter) building was centered north-south atop the interior platform and opened to the east, facing the staircase.

This enormous open platform, topped with a relatively small building and approached by a monumental facade, has no known parallels to any other structure in Petra. It most likely had a public, ceremonial function, which may make it the second largest elevated, dedicated display area [in Petra]

While the monument has not been excavated, the presence of surface pottery dating from the mid-second century B.C. suggests that construction of the structure began during the Nabataeans' initial public building program.

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TOPICS: History
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; jordan; nabataeans; orbitalarchaeology; petra; remotesensing; sarahparcak; satellitearchaeology; spacearchaeology

1 posted on 06/09/2016 5:02:15 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

The monument may well be massive. By no means can it be described as “new”.


2 posted on 06/09/2016 5:10:04 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("There is no limit to the amount of good you can do if you don't care who gets the credit."-R.Reagan)
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To: SunkenCiv

GGG Ping


3 posted on 06/09/2016 5:15:57 AM PDT by blam (Jeff Sessions For President)
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To: BenLurkin

If anyone has the chance to see Petra...GO!!! It is fabulous!!! We are going again next spring....hopefully we will see this!!


4 posted on 06/09/2016 5:17:17 AM PDT by Ann Archy (ABORTION....... The HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy
> If anyone has the chance to see Petra...GO!!! It is fabulous!!! We are going again next spring....hopefully we will see this!!

It's on my bucket list. Been fascinated with the place since my 20's.

5 posted on 06/09/2016 5:26:01 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: jsanders2001

You would NOT be disappointed!!! Coming down the SIQ and rounding a curve and the Treasury comes into view...MAGNIFICENT!!


6 posted on 06/09/2016 5:27:34 AM PDT by Ann Archy (ABORTION....... The HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: zot

Ping.


7 posted on 06/09/2016 5:30:05 AM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: Ann Archy

Likewise, it Petra is a place of mystery that I have long wanted to visit. In the early seventies, I wanted to visit Petra and Afghanistan. World events affected my plans and I never made either place. (Thank you, though, to all our military personnel that served in the Middle East. Expense paid “tours” there were not pleasant holidays like I had envisioned.)

Oldplayer


8 posted on 06/09/2016 5:40:55 AM PDT by oldplayer
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To: oldplayer
I too always wanted to see Petra. My mother in law invited me to go there in the early 60’s but then she uninvited me and went without me. I never knew why. I wouldn't go now if it was free.
9 posted on 06/09/2016 5:46:38 AM PDT by Ditter (God Bless Texas!)
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To: BenLurkin
How long before ISIS blows it up?
I hope these old treasures are well guarded.

10 posted on 06/09/2016 7:25:18 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (I'd rather have Unequal Wealth than Equal Poverty.)
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To: BenLurkin

Hmmm.....seems to be pointing to magnetic North vs. true North.


11 posted on 06/09/2016 7:28:36 AM PDT by G Larry (Avoiding the Truth-Hillary's only expertise)
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To: Interesting Times

Thanks for the ping. I wonder why this platform wasn’t discovered earlier.


12 posted on 06/09/2016 9:06:58 AM PDT by zot
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To: blam; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ..

Thanks blam.
...184-by-161-foot...
Wow, they must not have been looking too hard.

13 posted on 06/09/2016 9:39:23 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (I'll tell you what's wrong with society -- no one drinks from the skulls of their enemies anymore.)
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To: Ann Archy

#4 I have seen it in the documentary made by a guy and his dad where they locate the wooden Holy Grail.


14 posted on 06/09/2016 11:58:38 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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