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Nabatean Inscriptions

Wadi Rum
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Nabatean Petroglyphs

Don't be fooled into thinking that Petra is the be-all of Nabatean culture in Jordan. The civilization spread its influence and trading links far beyond the walls of that city. Wadi Rum was on those trade routes, and there are many fascinating petroglyphs to discover carved into its rocks.

Some of the best Nabatean petroglyphs are on the rocks at Alameleh. Scratched into the cliffs and crevices here are charming herds of camels and lively hunting scenes.

There are more than 20,000 inscriptions on Wadi Rum's rocks, some pre-dating the Nabateans and some as recent as the early Islamic period. At Jebel Umm al-Ishrin, there are some particularly fine desert animals, and ancient Kufic inscriptions, an early form of Arabic script.