Courtesy Konstantinos Politis

The simple geometric designs inscribed on funerary stelae found in the Qazone graves provide excavator Politis with the key to his identification of the people buried at Qazone. Well known in the iconography of the Nabateans, these trapezoidal designs represent their principal deity, Dushara, whose name means “belonging to Shara,” a reference to a mountain range southeast of the Dead Sea.