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Jordan Petra 2013 1651 Tomb 57.jpg
07-Jun-2013 Dick Osseman

Jordan Petra 2013 1651 Tomb 57.jpg

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This tomb is remarkable for its upper doorway, which is decorated with a Hellenic pediment. Some call it the “thief tomb”, according to a story told by the Bedouins a thief took refuge in this tomb for a period of time. A water channel of the Roman-Byzantine period closed the lower entranced to the tomb. In 1998, excavations by the Department of Antiquities discovered that the section of the channel that was across the door was founds to be partially removed, possibly by tomb raiders or due to flash floods. These excavations also revealed 20 pyramidal funerary stele (nefesh) outside the tomb. One of them was inscribed with the Nabatean name “Amliou”.

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