Cave paintings discovered... Petra

| August 25, 2010

Exquisite 2,000 year-old paintings have been discovered in a cave in Petra. The paintings had been obscured by centuries of soot and grime, until experts from the Courtauld Institute recently uncovered them.

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The paintings were created by the Nabataeans, who built the stunning rock-carved city of Petra and who traded extensively with the Greek, Roman and Egyptian empires.

The work of restoring the paintings, which are so detailed that they actually show species of flower, bird and insect, took three years and was only completed last week.

The paintings are not at the main Petra site, but at what is known as "Little Petra", about 5km away. The paintings are likely to become an important tourist attraction.

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