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Lecture

The Ruins of Petra, a World Heritage Site in the Country of Deserts, Jordan: An Ancient City that Trade Created

Date:Friday, November 30, 2012, 16:30-18:30
Venue:K-222, the Koshien Hall
Lecturer:Mr. Koji Oyama (Former JICA Expert)

バフチェシヒル大学日本文化研究センター

Mr. Oyama explaining about the treasury (Al Khazneh), one of the most famous temples in Petra

We invited Mr. Koji Oyama, Former JICA Expert, and held a lecture titled “The ruins of Petra, a World Heritage site in the country of deserts, Jordan: an ancient city that trade created”.

Petra is the ruins located in the mountains area of Wadi Musa in South Jordan, which is designated a World Heritage site. It was a city of Nabataeans, which prospered about 2000 years ago, and rediscovered by a Swiss explorer in 1812. It is also famous as the filming site of the cinema "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade".

He first showed photos of Petra’s geographical environment, memorial arch, water channel, stone slab, reliefs, theater, colonnade road, magnificent rock-cut tombs, temple and so forth, and guided us in a comprehensible way making us feel as if we were actually in Petra.

And then he explained a range of topics such as Petra’s nature and history, Nabataeans’ trade, water management, religion, architectural technology, language and earthenware. Furthermore, he suggested what we, who live in the modern world, can learn from Petra.

In the question and answer session, the topics related to the dwellings and culture of Petra were discussed, and the lecture ended with a great success. We were able to have a glimpse of a greatness of the culture that humankind creates. It was a very valuable opportunity.