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Haaretz: Monumental forgotten gardens of Petra rediscovered after 2,000 years.

Now archaeologists are discovering the Nabataean capital, situated in the southwestern deserts of Jordan, once was adorned with an exquisite, artificially irrigated garden. It featured paths likely shaded by vines, trees and date palms, and grasses, which were cultivated next to a huge, 44-meter wide swimming pool.” Not bad. Indiana Jones’ fictional Grail knight sat around for decades in a paradise.

09/30/16 • 08:52 AM • HistoryScienceTravel • (2) Comments


We tried so many times to get remote sensing (which ‘refound’ the Gardens) going in archaeology back in the early to mid 1990s. Tried to get funding to identify the subtle differences in vegetation in Central America that would point to midden pyramids and other forgotten structures, mapping and analyzing Chile’s Atacama Desert for the Chinchorro culture and those amazing mummies, evidence for that subtle dryland irrigation in the American Southwest, Pleistocene Lake margins (thus, evidence of First Americans), etc. It all went nowhere. Oh well. There is a time for things and a time when folks are not receptive, regardless of the message. IMO, at least…

Posted by Hal B. Rager on 09/30/16 at 06:52 PM

‘Midden’ works, but it was supposed to be ‘hidden. Proof reading?

Posted by Hal B. Rager on 09/30/16 at 06:54 PM


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