Carmel Caves named newest UNESCO World Heritage Site

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to The Carmel Caves site in northern Israel has been named the newest World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for "providing a definitive chronological framework at a key period of human development."

The Carmel Caves in Northern Israel. Credit: Wikimedia Commons. 

The announcement ceremony, to be held on Tuesday, will be attended by Israel's National Commission for UNESCO Secretary-General Dr. Dalit Atrakchi, and Israel Nature and Parks Authority Chairman Shaul Goldstein.

"Located in one of the best preserved fossilized reefs of the Mediterranean region, the site contains cultural deposits representing half a million years of human evolution from the Lower Paleolithic to the present," a UNESCO statement said. 

Other World Heritage Sites in Israel are: the Masada fortress; the Old City of Acre; the White City of Tel Aviv; the biblical tels of Megiddo, Hazor and Beersheba; the Incense Route of desert cities in the Negev; and the Baha'i temples in Haifa and the Western Galilee.


Posted on October 29, 2013 .