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French scholar mulls over scarcity of baths in Nabataean Petra

24 Dec 2017

(Jordan Times) Until now, very little was known about public baths in Petra, according to a French architect affiliated with Ifpo who developed a research project in the field of Greek, Roman and Byzantine urbanism and architecture.

In 2005 the American excavation of the “Great Temple” had revealed a well-preserved bath building, attesting the presence of this kind of public facilities during Roman-Byzantine time, Thibaud Fournet noted.

“Before that, the only known baths were private, in Roman villas of Zantur and Wadi Musa,” he continued, adding that it was “a meagre record for a place like Petra, especially if compared to other Near Eastern ancient cities”.

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