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American historian studies economic relations between Petra and its hinterland

28 Jan 2018

(Jordan Times) Located in Wadi Araba, 12 kilometres northwest of Petra, Bir Madhkur was a Roman fort and a settlement on the well-known Incense Route connecting Petra to the Gaza Port which was occupied during the Hellenistic (Nabataean), Roman, Byzantine and Early Islamic periods, an American historian said.

Economic relations between Petra and its hinterland still remain a field for further research, Andrew Smith II said, noting that “ancient cities depended on production within their hinterlands and Petra was no exception”.

In addition to a significant agricultural production, there was herding, copper production and the mining of semi-precious garnet, the scholar, who came from the George Washington University to research the site of Bir Madhkur, continued.

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