At Petra, the “Rose red city half as old as time”, the highlight is the ‘Treasury’ dramatically sited at the end of a long winding cleft in the rocks But how did it actually work? The answer is being revealed in an excavation at a site known as the Soldiers Tomb, hidden away down a side valley little visited by the tourist. Here there is a wonderful temple façade carved out of the rock, which faces onto a rectangular courtyard and opposite it is the dining room where feasts were held for those celebrating the dead chief buried there. The careful excavation is revealing the secrets of how the tombs at Petra were carved out of the rock and the feasting ceremonies that took place around the tombs.
On to Egypt: The biggest tomb