Numerous different reports from June 2016 state that a new building was found in Petra with Google Earth. I can't find any external verification of these reports. Has this building been excavated? Is there any evidence that it exists other than satellite images? Has anyone proved that it wasn't a false-positive?

Massive discovery ‘was hidden in plain sight in lost city’

IT WAS hidden in plain sight for thousands of years at a popular tourist spot. Now, this ancient monument has been uncovered using Google Earth and drones.

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The last of which says "Tuttle said there are no plans to lay bare the entire platform."

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The discovery is detailed in Hiding in Plain Sight: The Discovery of a New Monumental Structure at Petra, Jordan, Using WorldView-1 and WorldView-2 Satellite Imagery Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research No. 375 (May 2016), pp. 35-51 (alternative official link)

"Building" is not the best word, but yes, ruins of buildings have been discover.

A long north–south alignment of walls and collapsed chambers from a building complex was identified (Fig. 5, labeled CAT 2); no obvious function could be determined from this preliminary visit, and the pottery scatters included materials from the first century b.c.e. through to at least the third century c.e. A more distinct structure was also identified nearby (CAT 1). This was an approximately 14 × 14 m elegant building built on a small platform with its entrance on the east side; it contained columns (Fig. 6), pilasters, a flagstone floor, and an external cistern with its cover stone in situ.


There is one prominent structure on the interior platform that is centered north–south but offset to the western side. It measures 8.5 × 8.5 m, and its entrance was centered on its east wall, the doorstep of which is still in situ (Fig. 12). Only a partial single course of wall stones is preserved above the foundation, and the state of the internal floor could not be determined without excavation. The structure’s walls were composed of only a single row of stones, generally laid using a header-stretcher configuration, which suggests that the building was no more than one or two stories in height. The small building may have included at least one column at some point, as a remnant of a single drum was visible buried outside the west side (Fig. 13); this drum is smaller than those found in situ on the east side of the smaller platform.

Yes, on the ground photographs are in the article, not just satellite photos.

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