Mislabeled archaeological sites

Sites or immoveable objects therein that were named after a function or use that was proved to be wrong afterwards (and that name still persists).

Connected Sites

Site Rationale Link
Machu Picchu Temple of the Moon - "Most scientists and authors believe that the name of the Temple is arbitrary, as many other names given to sites in Machu Picchu. Ruth M Wright and Alfredo Valencia Zegarra, authors of “ The Machu Picchu Guidebook. A self guided tour” say that they find no indication that the lunar ritual played any part in the use of this shrine."(wiki)
Petra The Monastery - named so by European explorers because of its setting (but is a temple dedicated to Nabataean king Obodas I), The Treasury - (a mausoleum)
Uxmal The Nunnery (a nickname given to it by the Spanish; it was a government palace - wiki)


Do you know of another WHS we could connect to Mislabeled archaeological sites?

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A connection should:

  1. Not be "self evident"
  2. Link at least 3 different sites
  3. Not duplicate or merely subdivide the "Category" assignment already identified on this site.
  4. Add some knowledge or insight (whether significant or trivial!) about WHS for the users of this site
  5. Be explained, with reference to a source