Tell Balata
Archaeological Park 

What is Tell Balata?
Tell Balata archaeological site, near Nablus (West Bank), contains the remains of a Middle Bronze Age city with a massive city wall, two impressive gates, a fortress temple and domestic houses. The city dates back to the second millennium BC (c.1700-1200). There are also other phases of habitation however, even from the Chalcolithic period (4000-3500 BC).

There are ancient Egyptian and biblical (ancient Shechem) references to the site, indicating it as an important cultural and trade centre, due to its strategic location at the eastern end of a pass between Mt. Gerizim and Mt. Ebal.

Urban development and lack of appropriate management has been threatening the site. It has for instance for decades been used as a dump area. Together with the old town of Nablus and various other historical sites in the vicinity, it is however a potential World Heritage Site. It is listed on the Inventory of Cultural and Natural Sites of Potential Outstanding Universal Value in Palestine.

Who is working there?
At the moment the site is being developed by a joined Palestinian-Dutch project, in cooperation with UNESCO, into Tell Balata Archaeological Park. The aim of the project is to provide facilities for visitors, like a visitor centre, and to work on the long term preservation of the site. The site can already be visited all year, every day between 8 am - 3 pm.