Wednesday, September 05, 2007

It's got the archaeological world all abuzz Archaeologists Unearth Beehives In Israel Dating Back To 900 B.C.
Remnants of ancient honeycombs and beeswax were unearthed in northern Israel, providing evidence of a 3,000-year-old beekeeping industry.

The findings, believed to be the oldest intact beehives ever found, were discovered in the ruins of the city of Rehov this summer.

According to archaeologist Amihai Mazar of Jerusalem's Hebrew University, the first apiary (beehive colony) dating from the Biblical period has been found in excavations he directed this summer at Tel Rehov in Israel's Beth Shean Valley. The findings include 30 intact hives dating to around 900 B.C.