Taylor, Jane. Petra. London: Aurum Press, 1993.

Petra, a city carved out of the living rock of the mountains of southern Jordan, is one of the most extraordinary survivals of the ancient world. Created by the Nabataeans, a people whose origins remain mysterious and whose history is only sketchily recorded, Petra can none the less, boast monuments to rival those of classical Greece and Rome. The author’s stunning and spectacular photographs do justice to both the city itself and to the stark majesty of the surrounding landscape. The text relates the history, from the first Stone Age people who made their homes there 80,000 years ago, through the Edomites, whose long conflicts with their neighbors are recorded in the Old Testament, to the Nabataeans who constructed the city we see today.