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Early inhabitants, Nabateans, and desert travelers etched thousands of images and inscriptions on desert rocks throughout the years. Among them are petroglyphs depicting camel caravans, hunting scenes, and wild animals. They were made by pecking into the dark desert varnish, exposing the rock’s lighter color underneath (see Desert Varnish). Many of the petroglyphs in Wadi Rum can be attributed to the Thamud Arab tribe that inhabited the valley alongside the Nabateans around 2,000 years ago. Some petroglyphs in the Basalt Desert are prehistoric, dating over 8,000 years.
Petroglyphs are common in Wadi Rum, Petra, the Azraq region, and rocky areas in all of Jordan’s deserts. An example in Wadi Rum is at the GPS coordinates: 29.5560°, 35.4528°.