So, were these buildings covered in ash or mud, or did somebody drop a few thousand tons of molten rock on them from above?
One or the other works for me. It still seems to me they were covered in mud/ash, a big slow moving lahar or else during some planetary mining operation, instead of just making spoil tips the waste got dumped on Petra.So, were these buildings covered in ash or mud, or did somebody drop a few thousand tons of molten rock on them from above?
All of the cities are depicted as buildings with poles sticking out of the rooftops. Apparently, this was such a common feature that the artist included it as a matter of course, even for Petra--which, according to the modern explanation, wouldn't have looked like a normal city at all, as it was carved right into the rocks. No place for antennae on Petra's rooftops...No rooftops to put them on.
Not just any city, but the most populated version on the map legend...All of the cities are depicted as buildings with poles sticking out of the rooftops. Apparently, this was such a common feature that the artist included it as a matter of course, even for Petra--which, according to the modern explanation, wouldn't have looked like a normal city at all, as it was carved right into the rocks. No place for antennae on Petra's rooftops...No rooftops to put them on.
"Rediscovered in 1812".Another map with Petra from 1729 by Van Der Aa, Pieter BoudewynThe world, the world, the cities, the cities, the fortresses ... the islands, coasts Rivers ports The empires, rhymes, republics, provinces, cities, towns and fortresses of the sea. .. ancient, abbeys, churches, academies ... and more. Luyken, Mulder, Goerea, Baptist, Stopendaal and other masters rename .... Volume 3 of Arabia, Holy Land, Natoli & Assyria / Pieter Vander AA | Gallica
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Phrygia and Troy on a heavily edited map. Pretty good mapping of the area for 2000 years time gap ...
That 1570AD map also shows Thmonis and Heracleum... "Thonis-Heracleion"Petra is on this 1541 map and also on this 1570 one.
Not ruined it seems. The dots on the 1570 map denote town or city locations and the drawings of the city illustrate them.
This makes the most sense. The designs such as the ampitheatre etc. is very ephesus - esque and "Roman". This dates it to the pre-1580 AD earth expansion catastrophy which transformed the map of Ireland as well enabling the plantations etc.
What buried Petra? Volcanic ash? Maybe. But I'd bet on the mountain behind it liquifying and burying the city and then hardening after the event.
Also curious are the missing sculptures in the 'windows' seen in 1910. They disappeared in the last 100 years. Were they original or added later (1700's, 1800's)? If they were original, then their erosion would signify a rapid process unlike the rest of the structure. Were these always alcoves for statues or were these once true windows?And boy howdy, one pillar is not there, on the left side, the one nearest the center door is not there! I'll have to go back and check out the David Robert's drawings, 1842-1849, to compare. Yep the pillar is broken and you can see part of it laying there in front.
I see that I mixed up the Treasury with the Monastery - my bad. I wonder how long ago these terms were associated with these places? I could see how the Treasury was remembered as a place to store loot, but a Monastery facade seems a bit suspect. Where did the monks hang out?Are you getting the two lookalike buildings mixed up?
They have me fooled all the time, not that is any measure but. To me either they both served the same function as their design is in essence the same or one was built first and when whatever it was designed to do it eventually stopped working so a second was built in a more favorable position until it too stopped working or the people who knew how to use them died out or left.
Yes, in 1899 it looks like you need a machete to get to it.Speaking of which I found an old colored picture from 1910 and there was still some vegetation around the Treasury at least
Steps are usually a uniform height and there are 11 of them pictured here. The top of the door seems level with the highest step so, if someone on here familiar with step heights could chime in, the height of the door could be calculated. It would only be a rough estimate because we'd have to assume the steps are the same height as today's steps which may not be the case.