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Nabateans of Petra were an ancient trading people of southern Jordan, their loosely-controlled trading network, which centered on strings of oases that they controlled around Petra the rose city, where agriculture was intensively practiced in limited areas, and on the routes that linked them, which had no securely defined boundaries in the surrounding desert.

Trade routes and the origins of their goods were regarded as trade secrets, and disguised in tales that should have strained outsiders' credulity. Their individual culture, easily identified by their characteristic finely-potted painted ceramics, became dispersed and was eventually lost.

Nabatean of Petra art clay cup pots and pottery crafts

The pottery made by the Nabateans in Petra, especially between 100 BC and 100 AD is noted for the phenomenal delicacy of the work. It is some of the lightest pottery known to man. The most sensitive work produced is expressed in beautifully decorated bowls, that function is still debated today. Large quantities of fragments were found around the tomb areas in Petra, which have prompted speculations connecting their use with burial ceremonies of some sort. None of the pots were glazed, having them instead finely painted motifs of the flora and fauna local to Petra using black, dark brown, red and rust colored pigments.

Nabatean of Petra clay art pot and pottery crafts


Nabatean of Petra clay art pot and pottery craft

Eight years ago a Jordanian archeologist and a British potter undertook some research to attempt to identify the clays and the working techniques and firing methods of the earlier potters at Petra. Their work has resulted in bowls being produced in Jordan using clays from the Petra region which reflect the style and to some extent, the light weight of the originals.

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