Skip to comments.Massive New Monument Found in Petra
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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The monument may well be massive. By no means can it be described as “new”.
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.
You would NOT be disappointed!!! Coming down the SIQ and rounding a curve and the Treasury comes into view...MAGNIFICENT!!
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.)
Hmmm.....seems to be pointing to magnetic North vs. true North.
Thanks for the ping. I wonder why this platform wasn’t discovered earlier.
...184-by-161-foot...Wow, they must not have been looking too hard.
#4 I have seen it in the documentary made by a guy and his dad where they locate the wooden Holy Grail.
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