National Geographic : 1955 Dec
Petra's Ceremonial Dining Hall: the Rock-hewn Triclinium In this richly pillared interior, the only hall in the city not severely plain, com memorative feasts were probably held for the dead at which diners reclined Roman style around low benches in the sunken area. Archeologists believe the niches once held statues. + High in the hills of Edom lies this mountainside pool perennially full of clear water. In addition to a conduit through the Siq, which carried the flow of 'Ain Musa into the city, Nabatean engineers built many such basins to catch and store water for Petra's thousands of people. Here visitors from the United States pause on their way to the Deir (page 867) to bathe tired feet in the venerable pool. © National Geographic Society Kodachromes by David S. Boyer, National Geographic Staff 860 Youth Makes Light + of Araby's Ancient Caves Page 861: Childhood games span barriers of time and lan guage as a young American plays hide-and-seek with his teen-age guide in this centuries old labyrinth of veined sand stone. The Arab boy wears traditional costume, topped with a square headcloth secured by a circlet of goat-hair rope; his playmate sports sailor cap and striped T shirt. Petra's sandstone formed the floor of a prehistoric sea. Raised thousands of feet by earth movements, it created Edom's mountains. Iron oxide, carried by water, stains the rock with tawny reds and browns.