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The first modern European to see Petra was Johannes L. Burckhardt, a Swiss geographer and scholar who traveled in 1812 disguised as Ibrahim bin Abdallah, a Muslim pilgrim. His drawings and descriptions of Petra brought it to the attention of the west. However, even today, many westerners know little of the ancient Nabataeans and their kingdom. Few are acquainted with the concept that the Nabataeans traded goods from China to Italy, and built their secret city in a hidden desert canyon.

Recently, one hundred and twenty five Nabataean scrolls were found in the ruins of a Byzantine church, in Petra. The scrolls had been charred when the building burned around AD 600, but were still legible. Experts believe these records of daily life in Petra may hold clues to the demise of the city after the Romans took control in AD 106 and rerouted the caravan trade away from Petra. Nabataean papyri were also found in a cave at Muraba'at on the shores of the Dead Sea.(Cave of Letters)

Today the hidden city of Petra is again gaining attention, this time as a tourist center. Each year thousands of tourists make the long trip through the crack in the canyon wall to stand in awe before the Nabataean Treasury, and then to move on through the ancient city streets lined with tombs, temples and warehouses.

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 Who were the Nabataeans?  The Muslim Invasion
 Arabia in Ancient History  The Crusades
 Early History  Rediscovery
 Middle History  The Hagarites/Gerrhaeans
 Late History  The Twelve Tribes of Ishmael
 The Fall of Petra
Nabajoth, Mibsam, Kedar, Adbeel, Mishma, Dumah,
Massa, Hadad, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, Kedemah