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

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Lost City of Stone

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The most comprehensive exhibition of Nabataean culture ever created, Petra: Lost City of Stone features over 200 artifacts from collections in Jordan and the U.S., augmented by video and virtual reality, to bring the ancient city of Petra to life. The exhibition allows people to experience Petra:

  • its history,
  • its art,
  • its architecture,
  • its engineering prowess
  • and its importance in the Middle East.

From the city’s monumental red, rock-cut tombs to the intricate water system to the mosaic floor of its Byzantine church — this exhibition takes visitors through the entire sweep of Nabataean history.

Come see this exciting exhibition, hear stimulating lectures on life in the Middle East then and now, taste Middle Eastern food and hear Middle Eastern music, and much, much more. Come be a part of history. Experience Petra!

Jordanian Cultural Treasures

Sally de Vries and her husband Bert, Calvin professor of history and director of the college’s archaeology minor, have spent the last thirty years traveling to, and working in Jordan and the Middle East. During those thirty years, Sally has devoted her energy to the study and preservation of Jordanian, Syrian, and Palestinian heritage. As a result of this deep interest she has developed an extensive collection of clothing, jewelry, textiles, and other cultural objects.This exhibition features a selection from her collection, focusing on the cultural traditions in the nomadic and village life of the native Bedouin in Jordan.

One highlight of the clothing display is an authentic badia desert patrol uniform — the official garb of the Jordanian desert police. Another is a dress, from the Jordanian town of Salt, which measures 11 feet in length.

This unique display of Middle Eastern clothing as well as silver Bedouin jewelry, clay food storage pots, copper and tin Mansef serving trays, brass and copper coffee pots and roasters, goat hair rugs and more will be the first thing people see when they visit Petra: Lost City of Stone.

The Bedouin Tribes of Petra

Men on Camels
Men on Camels
© Vivian Ronay Photography

Washington, D.C.-based photographer Vivian Ronay has documented the lives of the Bedoul group of Bedouin in Petra since 1986. On display with Petra: Lost City of Stone is a selection of her photographs from 1988 to 1992 and from more recent visits to Petra in 2001 and 2003. Ronay documents the adaptive lifestyles of these Bedouin peoples as they undergo a transition from a pastoral existence to a life rooted in a modern market economy based on tourism.

March 24, 2005 — Press Release
The Bedouin Tribes of Petra Photographs by Vivian Ronay

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