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 Petra Excavations Provide New Clues

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Issue 57 of the World Archeology magazine (dated around April 2013)  reports on the work of archaeologists in Petra particularly in the examining of the tombs of which there are  about 600 carved into the walls of the cliffs.

Petra was the home of the Nabataeans to whom Herod the Great’s mother traced her lineage. Because of the speculation that Paul spent some time there after his conversion on the road to Damascus, Petra assumes interest for those following the Bible story.

The most famous among the Classical  tombs is the Khazneh (the Treasury) located in a dramatic position at the end of the Siq, the spectacular gorge that provides an entrance to the city from the East. This tomb which most likely belonged to the Nabataean king Aretas 4 even incorporates figures from Classical mythology such as the divine guardians Castor and Pollux and the fearsome Amazons. Excavations beneath the courtyard of the Khazneh by the Department of Antiquities of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan revealed that this magnificent tomb was, in fact, carved above a row of preexisting tombs possibly belonging to generations of the same family.”

I remember seeing digging going on in front of the Treasury in February 2013. And now I understand what the digging was all about in front of the impressive Treasury tomb that you see when you first emerge into Petra after the walk through the Siq or gorge.

Tombs were Central To the Social Fabric of Ancient Petra Where

St Paul May Have Spent a couple of Years

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