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Mystery Objects "Petra's Great Temple"
Summer 2000

Think you know what this is? Click on the object to learn its identity.

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Architectural Mysteries
by Adam Brin

We have a series of mysteries on our hands. Two different elements in stone carvings pose a question. What exactly do they represent?

Many capitals feature this design, either a pine cone boss or a section of grapes. Which is it?

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The other, depicted on the architrave, could either be a pomegranate or a poppy flower. What do you think?

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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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