Honeybees sweetened early farmers’ lives

Chemical traces on pottery point to widespread use of honey and wax as early as 9,000 years ago

honeycombs in a log

BEE STORY  A hollow log in France holds layers of honeycombs. Ancient farmers in Southwest Asia and Europe sought beeswax and probably honey from sweet spots like this, a chemical analysis of pottery pieces between 9,000- and 5,000-years-old suggests.  

Eric Tourneret 

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