Thursday, March 13, 2014

Nabatean archaeoastronomy

PAST HORIZONS: Petra monuments orientated according to celestial events.
During the winter solstice, the sun is filtered into the Monastery at Petra, Jordan, illuminating the podium of a deity. Just at this moment, the silhouette of the mountain opposite draws the head of a lion, a sacred animal. These are examples from a study where researchers from Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias and CSIC (Spain) showed how celestial events influenced the orientation of the great constructions of the Nabataeans.

Lots more on Petra here and links.