Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology & the Ancient World
Box 1837 / 60 George Street
Providence, RI 02912
Telephone: (401) 863-3188
Fax: (401) 863-9423
Drainage feature excavated in the Upper Market (left); Emanuela Bocancea excavating the drain (right)
The Petra Upper Market Area (PUMA) is the urban component of the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project, and includes both strategic excavations in the monumental complex known as the Upper Market in the city center and a synthetic study of the development of Petra’s urban landscape. Begun in 2009, the investigation of the Upper Market sought to establish the parameters of the square and answer questions about its architectural configuration and relationship to nearby structures and streets. Work in the Upper Market in the 2009-2010 seasons revealed that at least the northern portion Upper Market was paved and that substantial waterworks supported the structures in this area, which include a monumental fountain adjacent to the square. The investigation of the relationship between the excavated monuments along the Colonnaded Street and the wider urban context of the Petra valley was begun in 2010 and included a pedestrian survey that explored access routes into and through the city and valley. Through this combination of strategic investigations of specific monuments in the city and synthetic study of the development of Petra as part of a wider urban landscape, we hope to better understand how individual monuments within the urban core interacted with each other and with the changing topography of the Petra valley over time.
The Petra Upper Market Area and Colonnaded Street (left); view of the Petra Valley, looking South (right)
Please see the page on The 2010 Season for information about PUMA.