The International Conference on the Nabataean Culture was initiated at the request of His Majesty King Abdullah II Ibn Al-Hussein as an international triennial conference to represent "a touring ambassador" for the heritage of the Nabataeans.         

        President Adel Al-Twaissi,  former President of the University of Jordan translated the noble suggestion of His Majesty into reality by dedicating full financial and moral support to this international gathering, and assigned Professor Nabil I. Khairy, former Dean of Faculty of Archaeology and Tourism to carry on the responsibility and to fulfill this royal initiative, to promote and encourage new dimensions on the different aspects of the Nabataean culture, and to tackle themes related to the Nabataean arts, trade, coinage, communication. International relations and cultural interaction. Consequently, the First International Conference on the Nabataean Culture was held under the Royal Patronage of His Majesty at Petra between May 5th and 8th, 2012, which organized by the University of Jordan, and corresponds the Golden Jubilee of the University of Jordan, and the bicentenary of the visit to Petra by Jean Louis Burckhardt, the swiss traveler who brought the attention of the world to the Petra," the rose red city".

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1- The first Chapter in the modern Exploration of Petra by David M. Jacobson.

2- Nabataean Aramaic in Context. Aramaization and Arabization? by John Healey.

3- Rediscovering Early Hellenistic Petra Recent Excavations in the Civic Center by David

     F. Graf.

4- The 2012 al-Katuteh Excavations in Petra – Methods and Preliminary Results by

     Mustafa Kocak – Karl-Uwemahler.  

5- The 2012 al-Katuteh Excavations in Petra – The Byzantine Pottery by Nabil I. Khairy.

6- Unpainted Petra Style Bowls from Wadi ath-Thamad, Jordan: A Technological Focus by  

     Maria- Louise Sidoroff.

7- The Unique Ornamentations on the Painted Nabataean plates and bowls by Nabil I. Khairy.

8- Vine Grape pecking birds in Nabataean Art –A Pictorial Motif in Orient and Occident by

     Thomas M. weber.

9- Aspects of the Particularity and Creativity of the Nabataean Architecture During the

     Late Hellenistic and Roman Periods by Naif A. Haddad

10- A Nabataean Chamber Tomb and Carved Block in Wadi Mataha, Petra, Jordan by

       David J. Johnson.

11- Elephant-Headed Capitals in Petra by Zdravko Dimitrov.

12- The Nabataean Army on Machaerus – New Archaeological and Architectural Evidence by

       GyoZo  Voros.

13- Nabataeans and the Coinage Gold Minting by Ibrahim S. Sadaqa.

14- Daily Life of the Nabataeans in the Hinterland of Petra by Burton Macdonald.

15- Everyday Life of Nabataeans in ancient Petra - A modern Tourism Product by Ziad AL-


16- Iconoclasm in Petra and other Nabataean sites by Judith McKenzie


* Addition an Arabic abstracts for the English papers.


The second International Conference on the Nabataean Culture was held in Provo, Utah, USA on Wednesday through Saturday, May 6th – 9th, 2015, in the spirit of the bilateral academic agreement between the University of Jordan and Brigham Young University.





1- Nabataean Epigraphy, Law and Religion, 1985-2015 By John F. Healey

2- Nabataean Seafaring and the Search for Shipwrecks in the Red Sea By Ralph K.

    Pedersen and Rupert A. Brandmeier

3- Nabataean Amethyst Trade: Sources, Production and Use By David Johnson

4- The Influences of Aramaic on the Dialect of Wadi Musa a Conspecuts By Zeyad


5- The Nabataean Culture Performances and the Border By Nabil I. Khairy

6- The Oblisque, the Elephant, and the Crow-Step: New Evidences for Ptolemaic

     Influences in Hellenistic and Early Roman Petra By Cynthia Finlayson

7- Conservation Compromising Authenticity in Petra CRM: The Nabataean Mural

     Painting at Siq el-Barid as Case Study By Sa'ad Twaissi

8- Nabataean in Southern Arabia: Some Epigraphic Evidence of Influence and

     Presence By Anna Accettola

9- The Syllaeus Saga Revisited By David F. Graf

10- Telling Tales about the past: Official and Unofficial Narratives Identity on the Tourist Trail in Petra Archaeological Park By Suleiman Farajat.

11- What Happened to the Nabataeans?The Literary and Archaeological Evidences 

       By Burton MacDonald

12- Preliminary Petrographic Study of Nabataean Painted and Unpainted Fine Wares

      from Mudayna Thamad By Maria-Louise Sidoroff

13- Wadi Yutm, Southern Jordan: New Evidence of Dense Nabataean Settlements By John





         The Third International Conference on the Nabataean Culture will be held in Petra, Jordan on Monday through Thursday, June 18th – 21th, 2018, is under patronage of H.R.H Prince ElHassan Bin Talal. and organizing by The University of Jordan with cooperation with Petra development tourism Region Authority in Petra.

Participate in the Conference 38 academic researchers from 15 countries (Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, kingdom of Saudi Arabia, France, Belgium, Netherlands, USA, Italy, Germany, England, Poland, Switzerland, Belgium, and Argentina) will present 32 lectures that focus on three main themes:

1- Cultural exchange

2- Local traditions

3- Trade, Trade routes


1-      Magic, Medicine and Fraud By David Johnson.

2-      Nabataeans or Itureans in Mount Lebanon? About the Aramaic inscription of Yanouḥ By Gaby Abousamra

3-      Variation in the Nabataean Aramaic of the Nabataean Period By John Healey.

4-      The development of Nabataean Madā’in Ṣāliḥ (Saudi Arabia) into an attractive sightseeing: from traditional rejection to official recognition By Virginia Cassola-Cochin.

5-      The 'Nabataean' Blocked-out Capital in Its Wider Framework. A Closer Look By Matthias  Grawehr Aleksandra Brzozowska-Jawornicka.

6-      Excavations at the Early Bronze Age Settlement at Umm Saisabān near Petra By Ulrich Hübner.

7-      Beyond Petra: Nabataean Cultic and Mortuary Practices and the Cultural Heritage of the Negev and Edom  By Juan Manuel Tebes.

8-      Production in the hinterland of Petra: wine presses as a case study By Fawzi Q. Abudanah.

9-      The Nabataeans And AL-Wu’ayra. Archaeological Data, Hypothesis and Questions By  Andrea VANNI-DESIDERI.

10-   The Dionysiac Lands of Petra’s Northern Hinterland By David F. Graf.

11-   A note on aṭ-Ṭuwayr, an Eastern Nabataean site? By Guillaume Charloux.

12-   The Nabataean School of Painted Fine "Egg-Shell" Ware : Mythology and Concept By Zaid T. Adnan & Mohannad H. Al-Tantawi.

13-   The Camel Reliefs in Petra’s Siq: Reflections on the Life and Afterlife of an Early Nabataean Monument By Björn Anderson.

14-   The Nabataean Rural Economy in the Hinterland of Petra By Andrew M. Smith.

15-  Wadi Aglat Winery By Ueli Bellwald

16-   The capitals of the Capital - New insights into freestanding Nabataean Architecture in Petra By Marco Dehner.

17-   House V12 at the southern end of the ancient village of Dharih By Pauline Piraud-Fournet and Laïla Nehmé.

18-   The Hanging Baths of Jabal Khubthah (Petra) : Preliminary Conclusions Following Archaeological and Architectural Studies (2015-2017) By Thibaud Fournet and Nicolas Paridaens.

19-   Investigating the Socio-Political Make-Up of Rural Petra – The Petra Hinterland Social Landscapes Project By Will M. Kennedy.

20-   A head from the frieze of the Temenos Gate at Petra By Robert Wenning.​

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