In antiquity, Petra was the hub of a vibrant trading network linking Arabia and the Mediterranean world, and the capital of the Nabataean kingdom that flourished from the 2nd century B.C. through the 1st century A.D. The 2015 field season will focus on excavations of the unique pool complex, analyzing clues from architectural and stratified material culture to pinpoint the date of its decline following the Roman annexation of Petra, and seeking evidence for the source of the pool’s water. In addition, the application of methods of garden archaeology will seek to uncover more subtle evidence for plantings, irrigation, and pathways.
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Dr. Leigh-Ann Bedal is an associate professor of anthropology at Penn State Behrend. She has participated in archaeological excavations in California, Israel, Iraq, Syria and Jordan, and is the director of the Petra Garden and Pool Complex excavation project in Petra, Jordan, a World Heritage Site.