Khaznat al-Faroun at Petra, Jordan. Photo taken by Calvin College professor Bert DeVries

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Return to the PETRA homepage April 4, 2005 - August 15, 2005
Lost City of Stone

For Educators

Guide & Activities | Additional Resources | Lessons | References

Petra's extraordinary monuments were indeed "lost" to Westerners for over 500 years, but the site has been continuously inhabited since the fourth century B.C. Desert traders called the Nabataeans settled in an arid valley in present-day Jordan and turned it into a fertile oasis, a sculptural masterpiece, and a center of world trade.

  Petra Educators' Guide
Petra Educator's GuideUse this guide as you explore the ancient caravan city of Petra and the nomadic desert traders, the Nabataeans.
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This special collection introduces the historical, technological, and cultural crosscurrents that combined to create a civilization that thrived in peace for over a thousand years. The resources in the Guide & ActivitiesAdditional Resources, and References are available courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History. The Museum's resources include a guide to the Petra: Lost City of Stone exhibition and additional activities for your home or classroom. The classroom Lessons, courtesy of Neal Bierling (Ada Christian School) and Ann Dimmick (Calvin College), include an overview with the State of Michigan's framework for teaching and other standards correlations.

Guide & Activities | Additional Resources | Lessons | References

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