At this point in the siq, visitors are walking on the ancient
cobblestone road, possibly over 2000 years old. The careful observer
will be able to see the ruts that thousands of chariot and wagon
wheels have worn into the stones.
The picture on the left is taken at one of the narrowest
part of the siq. It is a great place to stop and look around.
On the left hand side of the siq is the water channel. It used
to be covered, but long ago ancient floods washed away the cover
stones. On the right side of the siq an ancient clay pipeline
can be seen. These clay pipes also brought water down to the
center of Petra. It is possible to see two well preserved sections
of pipe in the museum in the center of Petra.
On one occasion when taking a British building contractor
through Petra, he noted that the ends of the clay pipes were
tapered, something we moderns only figured out how to do a couple
of hundred years ago.