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Petra’s amazing Great Temple as seen by renowned archaeologist

Petra’s amazing Great Temple as seen by renowned archaeologist Dr. Martha Sharp-Joukowsky

Gatineau, Quebec, September 11, 2006 — On Sunday, October 1, the Canadian Museum of Civilization invites you to meet archaeologist Dr. Martha Sharp-Joukowsky, expert on the Great Temple of Petra,  one of the city’s major archaeological and architectural components and the largest freestanding building ever excavated  there. Dr. Sharp-Joukowsky will  talk about the history of the Great Temple, which dates back to the first century B.C., and how it was used for different purposes over the years before disappearing beneath the desert sands.

Dr. Martha Sharp-Joukowsky is a professor of archaeology, director of the Brown University Center for Old World Archaeology, former president of the American Institute of Archaeology, and leader of the Great Temple excavation. She and her team have been working on the excavation for the past 14 years, and the project has produced 387,000 artifacts. They recently discovered a Roman bath complex, evidence of the influence of Roman rule over Petra.

Petra’s Great Temple
Lecture by Dr. Martha Sharp-Joukowsky
Sunday, October 1 at 2 p.m. (English with simultaneous translation)
Tickets: $5 at the Museum Box Office

This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition, PETRA: Lost City of Stone, featured at the Canadian Museum of Civilization until February 18, 2007.

More information is available by calling 819 776-7000 or 1 800 555-5621.

Media Information:

Chief, Media Relations
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Tel.: 819 776-7167

Media Relations Officer
Canadian Museum of Civilization
Tel.: 819 776-7169

Fax: 819 776-7187

2006-09-11 00:00:00.000

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