TRAVEL: The Real Adventurer’s Guide to the Ancient City of Petra. Visitor numbers to the iconic ruins of Petra, in the Jordanian desert, have dropped by half in the last five years. But fearless travelers don’t give up that easily. Here’s the best way to see one of the world’s most astounding archaeological sites (ROGER TOLL, WSJ). Personally, I'm inclined to wait until the region is a little quieter before I visit Petra. But if you are of a more adventurous mind, this might be the article for you.
Cross-file under Nabatean (Nabataean) Watch. For lots more on the Nabateans and the ancient city of Petra, start here, here, here and here, and follow the many links.