Decision : 29 COM 8B.40
Nominations of Cultural Properties to the World Heritage List (The Biblical Tels - Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba)
The World Heritage Committee,
1. Having examined Documents WHC-05/29.COM/8B, WHC-05/29.COM/8B.Add 2 and WHC-05/29.COM/INF.8B.1,
2. Inscribes The Biblical Tels and Ancient Water Systems - Megiddo, Hazor and Beer Sheba (Israel) on the World Heritage List on the basis of cultural criteria (ii), (iii), (iv) and (vi):
Criterion (ii): The three tels represent an interchange of human values throughout the ancient near-east, forged through extensive trade routes and alliances with other states and manifest in building styles which merged Egyptian, Syrian and Aegean influences to create a distinctive local style.
Criterion (iii): The three tels are a testimony to a civilisation that has disappeared -that of the Cananean cities of the Bronze Age and the biblical cities of the Iron Age-, manifest in their expressions of creativity: town planning, fortifications, palaces, and water collection technologies.
Criterion (iv): The biblical cities exerted a powerful influence on later history through the biblical narrative.
Criterion (vi): The three tels, through their mentions in the Bible, constitute a religious and spiritual testimony of outstanding universal value.
3. Notes the changing of the name of the property which becomes: "The BiblicalTels - Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba";
4. Encourages the State Party of Israel to explore the possibility of adding further tels to widen the serial nomination in the future.