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Khirbet Balameh and the Water Tunnel

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Phone Number: +970 9 2503220
Opening Hours: Daily; 8:00a.m. - 3:00p.m. Free entrance fee.

Located at the southwestern entrance to Jenin, is the site of Khirbet Balameh, which dates back to the Bronze Age and is identified as biblical Ibleam. It was also mentioned in ancient Egyptian documents, and excavations revealed habitation up to the medieval period.

The most interesting and impressive feature of the remains at Khirbet Balameh is a late Bronze or early Iron Age tunnel carved out of the rock. The tunnel connects the settlement at the top of the hill with the spring of Bir El-Sinjib at the bottom, giving inhabitants safe access to water even during times of siege. The use of the tunnel apparently stopped in the 8th century BC, however, during the Roman and Byzantine eras the tunnel was used again. Through support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), around 150 meters of the tunnel were transformed into an archaeological park.

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