Massive New Monument Found in Petra!
An overhead image of the new monument at Petra photographed from a drone, and a detailed overlay of the surface features in which the image is rotated 90 degrees clockwise.
A massive “monumental platform” has been discovered within the Petra UNESCO World Heritage Site in what is now part of southern Jordan.
Archaeologists Sarah Parcak, a National Geographic fellow, and Christopher Tuttle, executive director of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, used satellite imagery, drones and ground surveys to find the structure and document its location.
Their study, which was published in a recent “Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research,” was first reported by National Geographic.
The newly discovered platform, which measures about 56 x 49 meters, appears to be a unique feature that has “no parallels at Petra or in its hinterlands at present,” according to the study.