Ṣabrah, a satellite hamlet of Petra


  • Laurent Tholbecq
  • Thibaud Fournet
  • Nicolas Paridaens
  • Soline Delcros
  • Caroline Durand


Nabataean sanctuary, Provincia Arabia, baths, theatre, Wādī Сabrah


This paper aims to provide the first reassessment of the available documentation concerning the Nabataean-Roman site of Ṣabrah, situated in Wādī Ṣabrah, 6.5 km south of Petra. A major sanctuary developed at the latest between the first and early fourth century AD, together with major adjacent structures such as a bath-house and a theatre, in a small oasis situated on a track joining Wādī ʿArabah to the Nabataean capital and supplied by spring and rainfall water. For the first time since its discovery in 1828, a 1:50 top plan of its visible remains has been drawn. Along with a general description and surface ceramic material, it gives a first general image of the site and serves as the basis for renewed analysis.





How to Cite

Tholbecq, L., Fournet, T., Paridaens, N., Delcros, S., & Durand, C. (2016). Ṣabrah, a satellite hamlet of Petra. Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, 46, 277–299. Retrieved from https://archaeopresspublishing.com/ojs/index.php/PSAS/article/view/1259

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