The UNESCO Committee today declared the prehistoric ruins of Tel es Sultan, two kilometers from the city of Jericho, considered the oldest city in the world in Palestine, a World Heritage Site at the annual meeting in Riyadh.
Without any intervention, the 21-member committee quickly approved the listing of the site, which joins three sites that Palestine already has on the UN agency’s list, such as the Church of the Nativity and the Pilgrimage Route in Bethlehem.
After the approval, the Palestinian delegation noted that this was the first time it had presented a candidacy submitted exclusively by local personnel and thanked, among other things, “the immediate registration” thanks to the “uniqueness” of this property.
UNESCO states that this site is located in the Jordan Valley and describes the property as an oval hill that contains the prehistoric deposits of human activity and includes the adjacent perennial spring of Ain es Sultan.
Due to the oasis’ fertile land and easy access to water, this settlement emerged as early as the 9th and 8th millennium BC. A permanent settlement. The skulls and statues found at the site testify to cultic practices of the Neolithic population that lived there, and the archaeological material from the Early Bronze Age shows signs of urban planning.
The Middle Bronze Age remains show the presence of a large Canaanite city-state inhabited by a socially complex population.
Today, for the second day, the UNESCO committee continues the examination of the fifty applications for this year as to whether they should be inscribed as a world cultural heritage site or not.