Experts Reveal the Full Beauty of Petra’s 2,000 Year-Old Cave Painting

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LONDON.- Experts from London’s Courtauld Institute of Art recently completed the conservation of a rare and exquisite Nabataean wall painting at the World Heritage site of Petra in Jordan, for the Petra National Trust. Conservators Stephen Rickerby and Lisa Shekede from the Courtauld’s Conservation of Wall Painting Department worked on the project for three years. The remarkable painting, that can now be clearly seen for the first time in many years, was unveiled on Wednesday 18 August 2010 in a ceremony marking the conclusion of the fifth and final phase of conservation work. HRH Prince Raad Bin Zaid, Chief Chamberlain and Petra National Trust Chairman, Minister of Tourism Suzanne Afanah, and Petra Development Region Tourism Authority Chief Commissioner Nasser Shraideh attended the ceremony. Dating from around the 1st century AD, the painting is the most important surviving example of Nabataean wall painting and a uniq