A group of awesome archaeologists coming from East and North Carolina State Universities has unearthed two ancient marble statues of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, in Petra, Nabataean city, Jordan.
Tom Parker, history professor at North Carolina Stat University said that their team found pieces while excavating some domestic structures along Petra’s North Ridge during the months May and June. The marble statues are intact from the bottom part to its shoulders, it also feature the myth god, Cupid. Statue heads also were recovered along with much of their upper parts, Sci-News
The said statues are Roman, which would provide additional insight to Rome’s cultural impact with regards to the annexation of Nabataea back in 106 CE.
Prof. Parker said that the Nabataeans were really geniuses in lots of ways. It is because they were willing and ready to adopt elements from other cultures surrounding them. For one, Egyptian culture was adopted before they were dominated by Romans, and by then, they also adjusted to the Roman influence.
The marble statues were unexpected despite the fact that they are remarkable finds. The archaeologists were just digging like a normal day at the office when they bumped into them.
“The house was more like an urban villa equipped with its own sophisticated bath house,” Prof. Parker said.
“Our team found the fragmented statues next to the home’s staircase.”
A wealth of artifacts was found by Parker and his team of archaeologist that truly shed a lot of light on the Nabataean daily life.
Other great finds include cooking and storage installations, pottery items, animal bones, one iron sword, oil lamps, some human bones that are intertwined with personal effects such as jewelry.