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Exploring the history of the Nabataan Kingdom and their mastery of water and trade.

Petra by Candelight, Jordan. The JordanTourism Board © 2013

The Nabataean Kingdom: Part I and Part II

presented by Dr Christopher A. Tuttle

Part I: This lecture introduces and explores the Nabataean Kingdom, which arose during the Hellenistic period and grew to control all of the lands of the modern state of Jordan. We examine the Nabataeans’ origins, identity, culture, and capital cities.

Part II: This lecture delves deeper into how the Nabataeans’ mastery of water and overland trade in deep desert landscapes built their kingdom. We explore how these two resource masteries shaped the Nabataeans’ interactions on the global stage of their time.

Dr Christopher A. Tuttle is an archaeologist studying the Hellenistic and Roman periods in the Eastern Mediterranean. Former Associate Director at ACOR in Jordan and former Executive Director of the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. He holds a BA in Classical and Medieval Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a PhD from the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University. He recently joined ASA as Academic and Outreach Coordinator.