The Getty Villa
Date: Thursday, Ocotober 27, 2011
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Getty Villa, Auditorium

Al Khazneh / Petra, Jordan
The Nabatean site of Petra in southern Jordan is a puzzle and paradox. While a "star" site of global heritage, as witnessed by its Hollywood popularity and its "New Seven Wonders" status, it remains both poorly understood by scholars and poorly presented to visitors.

One enormous unknown is the all-important relationship of the city to its surrounding countryside. Although Petra is most famous as a trade emporium, its people still had to eat. How did Petra feed and, even more vitally, water itself? Where did people live and work outside the monumental urban center? And how did this picture change over the centuries of the site's existence?

To address these questions, the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project is undertaking landscape research—from satellite reconnaissance to surface survey—in the territory immediately to the north of Petra. Susan Alcock of Brown University and director of the Project, introduces their work and asks for audience advice on "what to do with a 'Wonder of the World.'"

About Susan Alcock
Susan Alcock is the director of Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where she is also the Joukousky Family Professor in Archaeology. Trained as a classical archaeologist at Yale University and at the University of Cambridge, Alcock's interests lie in the material culture of the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia, particularly in Hellenistic and Roman times. Much of her research has revolved around themes of landscape, imperialism, sacred space, and memory. Her fieldwork has, until recently, taken the form of regional investigations in Greece, but she is now directing the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project (BUPAP), exploring numerous aspects of the urban site and rural hinterland of Petra in southern Jordan.

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Planning your visit
The main gate on Pacific Coast Highway opens to ticketed guests at 6:00 p.m. The auditorium opens at 7:00 p.m., and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The galleries and Museum Store will be open before and after the lecture. A selection of light dinner fare as well as beer and wine are available for purchase at the Café until 7:30 p.m.

How to Get Here
The Getty Villa is located at 17985 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, approximately 25 miles west of downtown Los Angeles. See Hours, Directions, Parking for directions and parking information.