Brown University's Great Temple Excavation, at Petra, Jordan. Gigapan taken by Ian Straughn.
Sarah Sharpe (July 09, 2008, 05:30AM
Brown University, under the directorship of Dr.
Martha Joukowsky, has been systematically
excavation the Great Temple complex in the heart
of central Petra, the capital of the Nabataean
kingdom, the key archaeological destination in
Jordan (also voted one of the new 8 wonders of the
world). The exact function of this structure has
been much debated particularly following the
discovery of the theatron that was added to the
structure's upper temenos well after its
initial construction. Was this a multi-purpous
religious, administrative and palatial building?
How did its use and relationship to the city as a
whole change over time? One advantage to this
particular view utilizing the panorama is that we
can see its connection to other major monuments
such as the Qasr al-Bint (in the distance
upper-mid-left), which was probably the main
religious center, as well as the pool/garden
complex to the right of the colonaded lower
temenos, and the so-called market districts
further to the right (east).
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