Petra Book List

Part of the Petra exhibition.

For students age seven and up:

Archaeology for Kids: Uncovering the Mysteries of Our Past
By Richard Panchyk
Try one of these 25 activities—from making a screen for sifting dirt to counting tree rings to date a find—as you explore the techniques archaeologists use to study archaeological sites and ancient civilizations.
Chicago Review Press, Chicago, 2001
ISBN 1-55652-395-5

Eyewitness: Archaeology
By Dr. Jane McIntosh
Get a quick overview of the world's great civilizations with these superb, full-color photographs of bronzes, buildings, paintings, and pottery.
Dorling Kindersley, New York, 1994
ISBN 0-7894-5864-0

Jordan Past and Present: Petra, Jerash, Amman
By E. Borgia
Many ancient monuments and buildings have been worn away by wind and rain over time. Explore the archaeological remains of Petra, Jerash, and Amman; then turn the page to see what they may have looked like thousands of years ago.
Vision S.r.l., Roma, 2001
ISBN 88-8162-124-x

Motel of the Mysteries
By David Macaulay
In the year 4022 an amateur archaeologist stumbles across an abandoned excavation site in the ancient country of USA. Follow along as he pieces together the mysteries of this lost civilization.
Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 1979
ISBN 0-395-28425-2

The Usborne Young Scientist Archaeology
By Barbara Cork and Struan Reid
Learn the basics of archaeology—from how clues are destroyed to how old an artifact is—with this fun, simple, and complete book. 
Illustrated by Joseph McEwan, Peter Dennis, Kuo Kang Chen, Iain Ashman, Rob McCaig, Ian Jackson, Penny Simon, Jeremy Gower, Gerard Browne, Graham Smith, David Wright
EDC Publishing, Tulsa, 1986
ISBN 0-86020-865-6

Smithsonian Timelines of the Ancient World: A Visual Chronology from the Origins of Life to AD 1500
By Chris Scarre
With this incredible reference book of over 50 large-scale visual timelines, take a glance at exactly what was happening at the same time in every corner of the world.
Dorling Kindersley, London, 1993
ISBN 1-56458-305-8

For educators:

Archaeology (Third Edition)
By David Hurst Thomas
Find out what archaeology is today—from who does it to why anybody should care—in this user-friendly introductory textbook.
Harcourt Brace and Co., Fort Worth, 1998
ISBN: 0-15-501369-6

Petra: Lost City of the Ancient World (Discoveries)
By Christian Auge, Jean-Marie Dentzer, Laurel Hirsch
This pocket-sized book provides a rich introduction to the history, art, culture, and stunning architecture of the ancient city of Petra.
Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, 2000
ISBN: 0-8109-2896-5

Petra and the Lost Kingdom of the Nabataeans
By Jane Taylor
Take an intimate look at Nabataean life and culture based on archaeological evidence, written records of the period, and beautiful photographs of present-day southern Jordan and northern Saudia Arabia.
Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2002
ISBN: 0-674-00849-9

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