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A Palestinian-French scientific team discovered a historic town that goes back to the Early Bronze Age (2000-3600 BC) in Anabta’s Kirbet Tel Tloul, Tulkarm.


The team consisted of An-Najah National University, the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, and Institut français du Proche-Orient (IFPO).

The work implemented came as part of the partnership between IFPO and the ministry under joint supervision of Mr. Jihad Yaseen from the University, and Dr. Wael Abu Azizah.

For the aim of field training, 22 male and female students from An-Najah’s Department of Tourism and Archeology participated in this project as part of an archaeology excavation training course (Archaeological Practicum).

The goal of the Practicum is to expose students to the rigours of fieldwork, and train them in a hands-on fashion so they will be qualified to work on other projects as effective and knowledgeable excavators with a minimum of supervision.

During the excavation, the team discovered some parts of the defensive fortifications surrounding the town, a building, a well, and residential houses, not to mention the bones of domesticated animals, remnants of seeds, and crockeries among other tools ancient tools.

The team consisted of the following members: Dr. Wael Abu Azizah, Dr. Hussein Madinah, and Dr. Ghassan Najjar from the OFPO; Mr. Jihad Yaseen, Director General of Excavations and Museums, and Mr. Sufian Edais from the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities; Mr. Bassam Nassra, Director of North Excavations; Director of Tulkarm Ms. Department a. Eyad Thouqan; Mr. Mouath Jabara; Ms. Nevin Abdo; Haneen Hijab; Dr. Louay Abu Al-Saud and Mr. Atef Khuwayra and archaeological painter Mr. Ibrahim Iqteit from the Department of Tourism and Archeology at An-Najah National University.

The work was the first of its kind in the site, as it has not witnessed any antiquity excavation before.


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