For Educators

Petra: Lost City of Stone explores the caravan city of Petra and the nomadic desert traders, the Nabataeans, who built it creating a crossroads of the ancient world. This comprehensive guide will help you explore the exhibition with your students.

Educators Guide and Materials


More Resources For Educators

Use these free online resources to further explore themes presented in the Petra exhibition.

Make Your Own Sifting Screen

Classroom Activity

Make Your Own Sifting Screen

Archaeologists can’t just dig into a site like it’s a sandbox—they’d scramble the evidence and more than likely destroy precious artifacts. Try your hand at the careful sifting they employ.

Make a Scale Drawing

Classroom Activity

Make a Scale Drawing

It’s time to excavate the contents of your desk—that is, after you first create a scale drawing of the site. Explore how precise mapping helps archaeologists keep track of their finds.

How Does Where You Live Shape How You Live?

Classroom Activity

How Does Where You Live Shape How You Live?

With access to products and information from around the world, our range of choices is seemingly endless. But how would life be different if you lived in a different time and an isolated place?

Shoebox Archaeology

Classroom Activity

Shoebox Archaeology

How does one generation stack up to the next? Find out why it’s easier for archaeologists to answer this question when a family settles in one place.

To Rot or Not to Rot

Classroom Activity

To Rot or Not to Rot

From hot deserts to frozen tundra to underwater caves, archaeological sites can be as diverse as our planet’s environments. See why some evidence from past cultures survives over time and some doesn’t.

Where Did You Find It?

Classroom Activity

Where Did You Find It?

Context is everything when it comes to identifying and understanding artifacts. Explore how archaeologists use surrounding objects to sort out how an artifact was originally used.

Do Your Own Dig

Activity

Do Your Own Dig

With a few simple tools from around the house and garden, you can execute a sound archaeological dig. Level by stratigraphic level, learn how to find and analyze objects like a pro.

Making Mosaics

Classroom Activity

Making Mosaics

Vivid mosaics of stone and glass cubes—some enhanced with precious gold leaf—once gleamed from the floor, walls, and ceiling of the Petra Church. Learn how to make your own colorful masterpiece.

Curriculum Materials

Petra Book List

Want to learn more about archaeology but don't know where to start? Dig in with this list of books, with titles for both kids and adults.

Curriculum Materials

Petra Web List

Explore Petra and learn more about archaeology with this Web list for kids and adults.

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