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Archaeologists Unearth Agricultural Suburb at Ancient City of Petra

 
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Archaeologists Unearth Agricultural Suburb at Ancient City of Petra
An agricultural suburb and other finds unearthed at Petra by archaeologists from the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project suggest that extensive terrace farming and dam construction in the ancient desert city began some 2,000 years ago, not during the Iron Age as had been previously hypothesized.The successful terrace farming of wheat, grapes and possibly olives, resulted in a vast, green, agricultural ‘suburb’ to Petra in an otherwise inhospitable, arid landscape.

This terrace farming remained extensive and robust through the third century. Based on surface finds and comparative data collected by other researchers in the area, however, it is clear that this type of farming continued to some extent for many centuries, until the end of the first millennium (between AD 800 and 1000). That ancient Petra was under extensive cultivation is a testament to past strategies of land management, and is all the more striking in light of the area’s dry and dusty environment today.

These findings will be presented today at the Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting in Seattle.

Dating the start of extensive terrace farming at Petra to the beginning of the common era has important historical implications, because this date coincides closely with the Roman annexation of the Nabataean Kingdom in AD 106.

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Re: Archaeologists Unearth Agricultural Suburb at Ancient City of Petra
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Who built it ?

Before the Nabataeans, Petra was inhabited by Edomites
[the enemy of Israel.]


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Very interesting OP, I've sen some information that the early Muslims considered Petra a religious center , and then this was changed in the 9th century to Mecca, which corresponds to the end of agriculture at Petra in your post
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Before the Nabataeans, Petra was inhabited by Edomites
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Nabataeans is what this is saying
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