Betyls were used to embody their gods, most often, although not exclusively, Dushara.
Some offer features of clear Greek influence, such as pediments, metope and triglyph entablatrures, and capitals. They were built to honor Gods and leaders as well as house generations of a specific family.
Were there three different groups of Nabataeans each with their own dialect? It seems that the Nabataeans created a new writing form to add to those in use in the Middle East of their day.Rock-cut tombs are the most frequently found within excavated Nabataean archeological sites. It is interesting to notice, however, that the Nabataeans must have had a high degree of literacy, for many of the inscriptions were written by shepherds. Yet the Nabataeans were famous in their day--Herod the Great and his sons, and a kaleidoscope of Roman emperors, were keenly aware of their power and wealth. They are often found in Near Eastern and Egyptian architecture. Their loosely controlled trading network covered the borderland between Syria and Arabia, from the Euphrates to the Red Sea. American Journal of Archaeology, Vol. Abrams, Inc. Technical Aspects of Fine Nabataean Pottery. This is important to note, because it demonstrates that the Nabataeans were capable of producing a letter in another language. It describes their nomadic origins, the development of their multifaceted culture, their relations with their now famous neighbors, and the demise of their kingdom. They appear as relief sculpture and in the round. The main source of Nabataean writing comes from inscriptions made on tombs, and from graffiti written on rocks and boulders throughout the Middle East.
Beside it is the Silk Tomb, named from its rich color of the sandstone. Most of the wares are pinkish in color, much like the cliffs surrounding the city.
A three-year restoration project had made them visible again. Wild hair, dramatic facial expressions, and S-curves mirrored the Hellenistic style of sculpture. He could easily translate back and forth between these languages, and most amazingly of all, he did not consider his skill particularly unique.
Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research.