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“Fascinating display of Palestine's Canaanite history”

Tell Balata Archaeological Park
Ranked #7 of 7 things to do in Nablus
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 5 May 2016

This site isn't as large as some of the others in the region - smaller than Tell Megiddo, about the same size as Tell es-Sultan in Jericho. But it's still a fascinating visit. There's a small on-site museum with some amazing finds from the site, ranging from the chalcolithic to Roman eras. The video introduction which is played is also very helpful to get a lot of context for the site - unlike the two other Canaanite sites I mentioned earlier, there's not a lot of explanation on the signs identifying each of the ruins. Something that still needs improving here.

The gate by the entrance we chose wasn't staffed as we entered, so we had to go seek out the staff in their office in the main building. The attendant was very helpful once we made ourselves known.

In terms of preservation and excavation, the most visually obvious and exciting parts were the city wall (comparatively well preserved for the era) and double-chambered gateway, as well as the central temple area. Down the other end of the site there are still olives growing amongst the ruins - very Palestinian!

If you're coming to Nablus, it's well worth a visit for historical significance as an early city-state, although without some of the visual splendour of the old city or Roman ruins.

Date of experience: March 2016
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Date of experience: December 2017
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