Massive ancient platform found in Petra
Archaeologists have used satellite imagery and drone photography to discover an enormous ceremonial platform near the center of the ancient city of Petra.
|An overhead image of the monument photographed from a drone, and a detail overlay of the surface features in which the |
image is rotated 90 degrees clockwise [Credit: I. LaBianca; J. Blanzy]
“I’m sure that over the course of two centuries of research [in Petra], someone had to know [this site] was there, but it’s never been systematically studied or written up,” Tuttle told the magazine. “I’ve worked in Petra for 20 years, and I knew that something was there, but it’s certainly legitimate to call this a discovery.”
Using the aerial images, the archaeologists determined that a small building sat atop the platform. Petra, located in present-day Jordan, was founded around the second century B.C., and abandoned by the seventh century A.D.
Source: Time [June 09, 2016]