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October 29, 2013 12:33 pm

Carmel Caves Named UNESCO World Heritage Site

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JNS.org – 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 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.

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“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.

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