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Satellite surveys of the city revealed a massive platform, 184ft by 161ft, with an interior platform that was paved with flagstones, lined with columns on one side and with a gigantic staircase descending to the east. A smaller structure, 28ft by 28ft, topped the interior platform and opened to the staircase. Pottery found near the structure suggests the structure could be more than 2,150 years old.
originally posted by: Spider879
a reply to: Blackfinger
I am constantly amazed at cities or settlements that once flourished and was bubbling with life is today a waste land, or drowned in water, makes me think of the impermanence of our civilizations past and present.
Btw I cannot help but draw comparisons to the 12th dyn and Ramses monuments of building inside of cliffs.
Like other Semitic cultures of the day, the Nabateans used an indirect, “aniconic” style to indirectly represent their divinities: carved blocks, stelae and niches. Sometimes there will be “an empty niche, just a carving in the wall, which the empty space itself can be representative or they would’ve had portable images”, Tuttle said.