Nabateans were originally an Arab nomadic people who then installed and inhabited the regions of Northern Arabia and Southern Levant. Their capital was the city of Raqmu, now known as Petra. According to the Greek historian Strabo, Nabateans were extremely skilled in working silver and gold. Nabatean jewellery pieces have been excavated at Petra, Avdat, Mamshit and Qasrawet. The decorations on their jewellery were mostly non-figurative as opposed to human and animal shapes on Hellenistic-Roman pieces.
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