PETRA PETRA PETRA
Lost City of Stone
April 7, 2005 to February 18, 2007
The city of Petra in Jordan © Jane Taylor

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION 

PETRA AND THE NABATAEANS 

A WORD FROM THE CURATOR 

TIMELINE 

EXHIBITION TREASURES 

RESOURCES 

THE BEDOUIN OF PETRA 

CREDIT 
Monumental Roman Marble Vase with Panther-Shaped Handles

Monumental
Roman Marble Vase with
Panther-Shaped Handles

ROBERT MCGHEE BIOGRAPHY

Robert McGhee joined the Canadian Museum of Civilization in 1976 and currently holds the position of Curator of Western Arctic Archaeology. As a student, he worked briefly in the Middle East, but most of his research has focused on the archaeology of Arctic regions. In recent years he has studied the remains of Sir Martin Frobisher’s sixteenth century Northwest Passage expeditions; excavated at a 2,000-year-old Eskimo village on the Siberian coast of the Bering Strait; worked with the High Arctic Inuit community of Resolute Bay in reconstructing an 800-year-old village; and crewed for a portion of the Atlantic crossing by the reproduction Viking ship, Gaia.

Dr McGhee’s work has been reported in more than 100 articles and books, the most recent of which is The Last Imaginary Place: a Human History of the Arctic World (Key Porter, 2005). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the Arctic Institute of North America, and past-president of the Canadian Archaeological Association. In 2000, he was awarded the Massey Medal of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Canada's highest award for excellence in the geographical sciences.