Can newly unveiled Petra monument boost historical tourism in Jordan?

Published on : Friday, June 10, 2016

petraArchaeologists discovered a 184ft by 161ft monumental structure buried in the sand of Petra, which is situated in the southern part of Jordan. The city of Petra is believed to be built by the Nabateans. It has been estimated that the ancient structure might be 2150 years old.



The massive monument has been discovered with the help of satellite scanning. The satellite imagery found out a gigantic platform with an interior platform, paved with flagstones and lined with columns on one side and staircase on the other. Several potteries were also found near the monument, which helped to estimate the age of the structure.



Archaeologist Christopher Tuttle, who worked at Petra for almost 15years, worked in collaboration with space archaeologist Sarah Parcak from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, to survey the site with the help of satellites.



Parcak informed, “Petra is a massive site, and we chose the name for our article (Hiding in plain sight) precisely because, even though this is less than a kilometre south of the main city, previous surveys had missed it.”



Tuttle pointed out, “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. I don’t think anybody paid much attention to them.”



Who knows, the newly found structure might turn into the tourism hotspot for all history enthusiast, in a wink.

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