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Caerdroia - the Journal of Mazes & Labyrinths
A New Labyrinth Discovery at Petra
Reprinted from Caerdroia 33 - 2003 - pp.5
I was in Jordan recently, visiting Petra, on the trail of the true site of Mount
Sinai. While exploring the Jebel al-Madhbah mountain (which I am convinced is the
true site of Mt. Sinai/Horeb), I asked a local Bedouin if she knew of any carvings
on the mountain and she led my wife and myself to a ledge, under a cliff face, about
half way down the path between the High Place and the rock-city, co-incident to the
so-called Theatre. There, carved on the floor of the cliff, are two labyrinth carvings
and alongside another drawn in black at some unknown time. Below is another carving
that seems more like a Hindu yoni.
I asked a local archaeologist and tour guide about the carvings and he said that
he knew of them and attributed them to the Nabatean period, sometime between the
2nd century BCE and the 1st century CE. Clearly the locals see them as very old indeed,
and the guide we befriended appeared extremely knowledgeable. Since Jebel al-Madhbah
is such an important part of Jordan's historical past, the presence of these carved
labyrinths begs explanation.
Andrew Collins; Leigh, England, 2002
The labyrinths on the rockface at Petra, Jordan. Photo by Andrew Collins.