Petra - Katute

Transliterated Name Source Name
el-Katute Arabic يلءكاتوتي‎‎

Parr (1960) excavated what he believed to be a monumental structure at el-Katute in 1958 and/or 1959.

Petra - Introduction Webpage

Maps and Plans
Maps and Plans

  • Fig. 1 - Location Map from Parr (1960)
  • Approximate location of Katute in Google Earth

Nabatean Periods and Monarchs

Nabataean monarchs and their regnal dates Figure 2.3

List of the Nabataean monarchs and their regnal dates

Dolinka (2006)

1st century CE Destruction


Parr (1960:129) reports a partial destruction of interior walls from a building outside of the "monumental structure" at Katute. A tentative 71 CE terminus ante quem for the date of destruction is suggested from numismatics.


Parr (1960)

Only in two restricted areas, both outside the building, have the original floors been reached, and until more evidence is forthcoming the date of its construction must remain uncertain. But from the secondary surfaces within the building, some of them laid down after the partial destruction of the interior walls, a series of coins gives a firm date for the latest occupation of the structure. Of eight coins so far studied, two are of Malichus II and Shaqilath II (c. A.D. 40-71), five are of Rabbel II and Gamilath (A.D. 71-106, but late in the period, since Gamilath is Rabbel's second consort), and one is of Rabbel with either Shaqilath or Gamilath, this being uncertain. The significance of these coins is increased when it is noted that four of Rabbel II and Gamilath come from the same layer of make-up beneath one of the secondary floors. There can be little doubt, therefore, that the building was in use at the end of the 1st century A.D., and probably right up until the Roman conquest of A.D. 106, though the apparent lack of Roman Imperial coins suggests that it soon feel out of use then. Judging from the fact that the secondary surfaces from which the coins come in some cases seal the first destruction levels of the building, a date in the first half of the 1st century A.D. for its construction is not, perhaps, unlikely. An earlier date than this for the rebuilding of the main wall is precluded by the discovery of a coin of Aretas IV and Shaqilath I (c. 9 B.C-A.D. 40) in a level immediately underlying the construction level associated with that rebuilding.

Seismic Effects
1st century CE Destruction

  • partial destruction of the interior walls

Intensity Estimates
1st century CE Destruction

Effect Description Intensity
Displaced Walls partial destruction of the interior walls VII +
The archeoseismic evidence requires a minimum Intensity of VII (7) when using the Earthquake Archeological Effects chart of Rodríguez-Pascua et al (2013: 221-224).

Notes and Further Reading
Wikipedia page for List of Nabataean kings