Nahal Me'arot Nature Reserve

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Holes dug in bedrock by the Natufians at the "El-Wad Terrace" archaeological
Type Cultural
Criteria iii, v
Reference 1393
UNESCO region Western Asia
Inscription history
Inscription 2012 (36th Session)

Nahal Me’arot Nature Reserve, also known as the Wadi el-Mughara Caves is a site of human evolution at Mount Carmel in Haifa, Northern Israel. It has four caves such as Me’arat HaTanur (the Oven Cave; also known as Tabun Cave), Me’arat HaGamal (the Camel Cave), Me’arat HaNahal (the Stream Cave) and Me’arat HaGedi (the Young Goat Cave). The site was proclaimed as universal value by UNESCO in 2012.

The site indicates the prehistoric man’s settlements and unique evidence of a first burial.

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Nahal Mearot caves

Coordinates: 32°40′12″N 34°57′55″E / 32.67000°N 34.96528°E / 32.67000; 34.96528