The UNESCO World Heritage Committee has added the Nahal Me'arot Nature Reserve in Israel to its list of protected sites. Situated on the western side of Mount Carmel, to the south of the northern port town of Haifa, the site is made up of four caves: Taboun, Jamal, Skhul and el-Wad. Measuring 54 hectares in area, Nahal Me'arot is home to deposits retracing 500,000 years of human evolution, from the Paleolithic right up until today. Evidence of the transition from the nomadic life of the hunter-gatherer to settlements can also be found here as can traces of the first stone constructions built for man.
The nature reserve is now the seventh site in Israel to be included on UNESCO's World Heritage Sites list. The others are: the Baha'i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee; the biblical tels in Megiddo, Hazor and Be'er Sheba; the Incense Route comprising the desert cities in the Negev; Massada; the old city of Acre and the White City of Tel Aviv.
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