Brown University's Great Temple Excavation, at Petra, Jordan. Gigapan taken by Ian Straughn.
Sarah Sharpe (July 16, 2008, 05:45AM
This image was taken from the most northern point
of the walled city of Petra. That point was marked
by a circular tower (Conway tower) that was
included as part of the city's fortifications.
From this vantage point one can gain a sense of
the undulating valley that forms the built up and
cultivated areas of the city with the steep cliffs
on either side. In its day and during the winter
months this area would be filled with domestic and
civic buildings as well as many garden plots and
perhaps even some terraced fields in some of the
outskirts of the town. It is also ringed and
punctuated by the many funerary monuments that
show how much a part of the vital landscape were
the resting places of the departed.
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