The origin of Honey

p.s very interesting site about bees and honey:

http://andrewgough.co.uk/bee1_1.html

Cradle of Civilization

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Honey seeker depicted on 8000 year old cave painting

at Araña Caves in Spain.

Honey collection is an ancient activity. Humans apparently began hunting for honey at least 8,000 years ago, as evidenced by a cave painting in Valencia, Spain. The painting is a Mesolithic rock painting, showing two honey-hunters collecting honey and honeycomb from a wild bee nest. The figures are depicted carrying baskets or gourds, and using a ladder or series of ropes to reach the wild nest.

The Greater Honeyguide bird guides humans to wild bee hives and this behavior may have evolved with early hominids.

So far, the oldest remains of honey have been found in Georgia. Archaeologists have found honey remains on the inner surface of clay vessels unearthed an ancient tomb, dating back to some 4,700–5,500 years ago.

In ancient Georgia, honey was packed for people’s journeys into the afterlife. And more than one…

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