Ancient monuments of the Nabataeans were built according to celestial events

(Ancient Origins)

A new study published by the Nexus Network Journal suggests that the spatial position of palaces, temples, and tombs built at least 2, 300 years ago by the Nabataeans, including the famous city of Petra, were determined by the movement of the Sun and other astronomical events. The new research was carried out by scientists from the Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC) and the Instituto de Ciencias del Patrimonio, Incipit (CSIC) in Spain, and the University of Perugia, Italy. Using statistical analysis on the spatial position of significant ancient monuments built by the Nabataean people, the results suggest that the great buildings are linked with the equinoxes, solstices, and other astronomical phenomena. "The Nabataean monuments are marvellous laboratories where landscape features and the events of the sun, moon and other stars interact," said Juan Antonio Belmonte, researcher of IAC and coordinator of the study. "The astronomical orientations were often part of an elaborate plan”. The enigmatic Nabataeans were originally a nomadic tribe, but about 2,500 years ago, they began building great settlements and cities which prospered from the first century BC to the first century AD.  As well as their agricultural activities, they developed political systems, arts, engineering, stonemasonry, and demonstrated astonishing hydraulic expertise, including the construction of wells, cisterns, and aqueducts. Now it appears they were also master astronomers. Keep reading at Ancient Origins


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