The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities proudly confirm the archeological discovery of an enormous monument in Petra
June 13, 2016
The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities proudly confirm the archeological discovery of an enormous monument in Petra that has no known parallels to any other structure in the Nabatean city. This discovery was recently reported by archeologists Sarah Parcak and Chris Tuttle in a study published in The Journal Of American Schools Of Oriental Research (BASOR).
Her Excellency Lina Annab, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities stated: “The historic discovery of something this monumentally significant brings us to a state of pride, joy and awe. The fact that technological advancement has given us a glimpse into our history is a sign that we must further invest in the future to be able to see and uncover our past. This discovery brings us closer to our heritage and to understanding the prosperous civilization of the Nabateans. With that said, we’re proud to further look into drone technology, satellite imaging and excavation ventures in hopes of bringing more of Jordan’s hidden treasures to light. We’re also very excited to see the enthusiasm with which this amazing finding was welcomed globally, hoping it bodes well for Jordan’s tourism industry.”
Nearly 800 meters to the south of the famous Treasury, this breakthrough confirms to the world that the city of Petra extends further than what meets the eye. Using Google Earth, Satellite imaging and drone technology allowed this discovery to unravel. Although the site has not been excavated yet, pottery found near the structure dates it back to 2100 years ago. Excavations by the Antiquities Department would proceed when proper conditions allow for it.