Tel Betash is an ancient hill located in the Shfela (lowlands) area, on the banks of Nahal Sorek and not far from Kibbutz Tzora.
In Arabic, it is called Tel a-Betashi, and it is identified with the biblical city of Timna.
The city was destroyed in 603 BCE by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and was reborn during the period of the Return to Zion.
In 1977-1989 archaeological excavations were conducted at the hill by a delegation from the United States in cooperation with the Hebrew University, during which the remains of a well-planned city surrounded by walls that existed during the reign of the kings of Judah during the 7th-8th centuries BCE were exposed.
Twenty-five years after the archaeological digs, in which the mound stood desolate and covered with high vegetation, conservation and development activities began, initiated by the Sorek Lachish Drainage Authority, the Heritage Division of the Prime Minister’s Office and the Israel Antiquities Authority.
They promoted a project to prepare the site to adapt for public visits.
During the site’s preparation, archaeological remains were exposed that were prepared, and incorporated during a visit: the ancient city gate, an olive press, a home, and an old street.
Also, a shaded training station was set up with a spectacular view of the surroundings. Explanatory signs were installed, through which one can learn about the history and biblical stories connected to the site.
Tel Betash is located near Nahal Sorek, south of Moshav Tal Shahar.
The Drainage Authority and KKL-JNF have prepared the roads and set up pleasant sitting areas alongside the stream.
Above the stream, an arched bridge was built for crossing, and also as a lookout point on the large reservoir that is nearby
Wheelchair accessible? No,
Is there a parking? Yes,
Is it sutable for children? Yes.
Attraction Type: Nature And Animals, Region: Judea and Samaria, Address: Tel Batash (Find more Nature And Animals in Israel: Judea and Samaria)