Nahal Me'arot Nature Reserve

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UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Official nameSites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el‑Mughara Caves
LocationMount Carmel, Israel
CriteriaCultural: (iii), (v)
Inscription2012 (36th Session)
Area54 ha (130 acres)
Buffer zone370 ha (910 acres)
Coordinates32°40′12″N 34°57′55″E / 32.67000°N 34.96528°E / 32.67000; 34.96528Coordinates: 32°40′12″N 34°57′55″E / 32.67000°N 34.96528°E / 32.67000; 34.96528
Nahal Me'arot Nature Reserve is located in Near East
Nahal Me'arot Nature Reserve
Location of Nahal Me'arot Nature Reserve in Near East
Nahal Me'arot Nature Reserve is located in Israel
Nahal Me'arot Nature Reserve
Nahal Me'arot Nature Reserve (Israel)

The Caves of Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara ("Caves Creek"), named here by the Hebrew and Arabic name of the valley where they are located, are a UNESCO Site of Human Evolution in the Carmel mountain range near Haifa in northern Israel.[1][2]

The four UNESCO-listed caves are:

The four caves were proclaimed a site of "outstanding universal value" by UNESCO[1] in 2012. They are protected within a nature reserve.[2]

The caves were used for habitation by hominins and prehistoric humans and contain unique evidence of very early burials, at the archaeological site of el-Wad cave in the Nahal Me'arot Nature Reserve.


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  1. ^ a b [1] UNESCO website
  2. ^ a b "Nahal Me'arot Nature Reserve". Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Retrieved 31 December 2019.

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