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  Tomb Nş46 top right hand side, Jan 2011
by MM212

High above ground level in al-Bint rock outcrop is a tomb project abruptly abandoned in its initial stages. Denoted as Tomb Nş46, this unfinished façade would have been the largest in Hegra, measuring 28 metres in height. Only part of the top step down motif (two half merlons) was completed, which clearly illustrates that Nabataeans carved their tombs from top to bottom. It is impossible to see this work from immediately below, so it is best observed from Jebel al-Mahjar. An inscription near ground level, just below the unfinished façade, states that this space had been acquired by Rabibel, a Nabataean governor, which proves that a process of acquisition was necessary before a tomb was created for a particular person or family.

Address: Area "B", Tomb Nş46

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  • Updated Feb 13, 2011
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