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Title

Petra and the Nabataeans

AuthorsBelmonte, Juan Antonio; González-García, A. César
Issue Date2015
PublisherSpringer
CitationHandbook of Archaeoastronomy and Ethnoastronomy: 1813-1821 (2015)
AbstractThe Nabataeans built several monuments in Petra and elsewhere displaying decoration with a certain preference for astronomical motifs. A statistical analysis of the orientation of their sacred monuments demonstrates that astronomical orientations were often part of an elaborate plan and possibly reflect traces of the astral nature of Nabataean religion. Petra and other monuments in the ancient Nabataean kingdom demonstrate the interaction between landscape features and astronomical events. Among other things, the famous Ad Deir has revealed a fascinating ensemble of light and shadow effects, perhaps connected with the bulk of Nabataean mythology, while a series of suggestive solstitial and equinoctial alignments emanate from the impressive Urn Tomb, which might have helped bring about its selection as the cathedral of the city.
Publisher version (URL)http://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6141-8_185
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/10261/140728
DOI10.1007/978-1-4614-6141-8_185
Identifiersisbn: 978-1-4614-6140-1
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