Sjoerd van der Linde via web
On January 15th there was a ceremony to celebrate previous results of the Tell Balata Archaeological Park Project. Winter conditions made it necessary to use the visitors Centre as venue, with a capacity of some 60 people, mainly representing the stakeholders, including the local villagers. After the national anthems of Palestine and The Netherlands short speeches were given by the governor of the Nablus district and the Mayor of Nablus. They were followed by the Deputy Head of the Netherlands Representation in Ramallah, the Head of UNESCO’s Ramallah Office and the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Ms Rula Ma’ayi’a.
The ceremony paid special attention to the latest results, amongst which improved relations with the local community, a growing tourism industry, a digital archive, as well as five books and two short movies. The films were made by an external studio and concern a project presentation clip (4 minutes), and a documentary movie (12 minutes) dealing with the history of archaeological research and its results, including 3D animations, and the Park project.
At the reception, the films were shown, followed by a book presentation by Hamdan Taha and Gerrit van der Kooij, co-directors of the project. It all ended by a reception with the famous Nabulsi kunafa-sweets, and a guided tour on the site.