Petra's Great Temple: Face Off - Archaeology Magazine Archive

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Face Off "Petra's Great Temple"
Summer 2000

These stone-carved figures have lost face. Who were they?

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Initially believed to have been defaced, these images are now understood to have been made in two steps. When plaster fragments were found in the niche where a face was lacking, archaeologists realized different craftsmen made the bodies and faces: the bodies in stone, the faces in plaster. Perhaps faces were even swapped as different rulers took power. Alas, the faces have not survived the ravages of time.

Intro | Nabataeans | Photo Essay | Great Temple | Temple Plan | Who's Who | Virtual Petra | Surround Sound | Mystery Objects | Face Off | Star Spangled Banner | Bulletin Board | Map

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