Brown University's Great Temple Excavation, at Petra, Jordan. Gigapan taken by Ian Straughn.
This image provides a view of the central district
of Petra along the south side of its major
colonaded street. Incidentally you do not see any
of the excavators at work because precisley at
this moment they had all converged on the
excavation of the western retaining wall trench
which is largely occluded from this perspective.
The reason for this break in the action was on
account fo the discovery of an enigmatic marble
sculpture with a greek inscription. It will await
the experts in classical sculpture to determine
who was in fact depicted.
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