Mystery Explored: Lost Treasure of Petra
Expedition Dates: October 22 - November 6, 2006


The “red-rose” city of Petra stands as one of the most glorious and mysterious archaeological sites on earth. Created over 2500 years ago, the ornate Petra cityscape was literally carved into the rose-colored walls of Jordan’s Shara Mountains. The builders of Petra—the Nabataeans—were thought to be some of the wealthiest people ever to inhabit the Middle East, but they, along with their riches, vanished. Just what was Petra? Could the Arabian site be still hiding precious treasure? I explored Petra’s winding ‘Siq,’ examined Petra’s only surviving parchment manuscript, and went underneath the ancient ‘Treasury’ in search of hidden riches.

Sponsoring Institution: The History Channel

Experts involved:
HRH Prince Mired Raad Z. Al-Hussein
Dr. Christopher A. Tuttle
Dr. Khairieh Y. Amr
Dr. Sa’ad Twaissi
Dr. Bilal Khrisat
Mr. Sulieman Farajat

Locations Visited:
Amman, Jordan
Petra, Jordan
Wadi Rum, Jordan



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