Europe’s Stone Age fishers used beeswax to make a point

This 13,000-year-old fishing spear is the first evidence that northern populations used bee product as glue

BEE STICKY  Chemical analyses show that a barbed bone point from Germany dating to around 13,000 years ago, shown from two sides, contains remnants of a beeswax glue near its base, left. Either honeybees entered northern Europe earlier than thought, as glaciers retreated, or beeswax was traded over long distances, scientists say.

©Antiquity/H. Menne & A. Müller, LWL-AfW Olpe, Westphalian Archaeo. Heritage Service ID# AKZ 4411,158

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