Nahal Me'arot Nature Reserve
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Official name||Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves|
|Location||Mount Carmel, Israel|
|Criteria||Cultural: (iii), (v)|
|Inscription||2012 (36th Session)|
|Area||54 ha (130 acres)|
|Buffer zone||370 ha (910 acres)|
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.
The four UNESCO-listed caves are:
- Tabun Cave or Tanur Cave (lit.: "Oven")
- Gamal Cave or el-Jamal ("Camel")
- el-Wad Cave or Nahal Cave ("Stream")
- Es-Skhul Cave or Gedi Cave ("Kid")
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.
A Paleolithic reconstitution in Jamal Cave
Flint stone points, Boqer Tahtit and el-Wad Cave, 50,000-28,000 BP. Israel Museum.
El-Wad point microlith
-  UNESCO website
- "Nahal Me'arot Nature Reserve - Prehistoric Humans Site". Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
- Nahal Mearot Nature Reserve
- Media related to Nahal Mearot at Wikimedia Commons
- UNESCO: Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves
- Nahal Me'arot recognized as World Heritage Site