Archaeologists Abuzz with Ancient Beehive Find

Photo: Amihai Mazar / Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Archaeologists discovered a 3,000-year-old beehive as well as other evidence for an ancient beekeeping industry in Israel:

Archaeologists digging in northern Israel have discovered evidence of a 3,000-year-old beekeeping industry, including remnants of ancient honeycombs, beeswax and what they believe are the oldest intact beehives ever found.

The findings in the ruins of the city of Rehov this summer include 30 intact hives dating to around 900 B.C., archaeologist Amihai Mazar of Jerusalem’s Hebrew University told The Associated Press. He said it offers unique evidence that an advanced honey industry existed in the Holy Land at the time of the Bible.


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