The Rose City Petra, the Archaeologists and their Discovery


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If you walk past down towards the south of the Jordan you will find a city called as Petra, originally known as RAQMU to NABATAEANS is famous for its ROCK-CUT ARCHITECTURE and WATER CONDUIT and the rocks of the mountains which are of their unique ROSE colour. This land of nomads has been in the news for some other reasons this time. A few days back it was revealed that there is a discovery of another monumental structure by the architectures according to a new study drawn from the satellite imagery after putting the ancient city under a scan.


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According to the recent satellite surveys of THE ROSE CITY, it was revealed that there is an enormous platform which is about 56-by-49-meter with a slightly smaller interior platform that was paved with flagstones, to the east it is lined with columns on one side and with an expansive staircase. A small structure, 8.5-by-8.5-meter, atop towards centred north-south which opened to the staircase.

Famous for its other monuments such as the MONASTERY & THE ICONIC TREASURY may now have a different structural pattern through this monument. The present day monuments are considered to be made after the second heyday of the NABATAEANS whereas, the new discovery is supposedly said to have the points of initial day public building. “To my knowledge, we don’t have anything quite like this at Petra,” said Christopher Tuttle, an archaeologist who has worked at Petra for about 15 years and a co-author of the paper.


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He further adds that “I knew something was there and other archaeologists – who have worked in Petra for the last, God knows, 100 years at least – I know at least one other had noticed something there,” he said. According to him “This monumental platform has no parallels at Petra or in its hinterlands at present,” the researchers wrote, noting that the structure, strangely, is near the city centre but “hidden” and hard to reach. But the structure’s sides resembled terrace walls common to the city, he noted: “I don’t think anybody paid much attention to them.”

Tuttle collaborated on the research with Sarah Parcak, a self-described “space archaeologist” from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, who used satellites to survey the site. They are grateful to this technology of drone imagery for providing them with the aerial perspectives to establish and move further with their discovery.

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