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  author={Amihai Mazar},
The importance of honey and beeswax in the Ancient Near East can be inferred from Egyptian, Canaanite, and Hittite sources. Textual and pictorial sources from ancient Egypt are of particular interest1. The Story of Sinuhe, attributed to the Middle Kingdom (20th century BCE), alludes to the abundance of honey and oil in his place of residence in the Land of Canaan; Thutmose III recounted carrying off 430 honey jars as booty following his conquests of Canaan in the 15th century BCE; in another… Expand
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Between Rocks and ‘High Places’: On Religious Architecture in the Iron Age Southern Levant
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Industrial apiculture in the Jordan valley during Biblical times with Anatolian honeybees
The exceptional preservation of these remains provides unequivocal identification of the clay cylinders as the most ancient beehives yet found, and Morphometric analyses indicate that these bees differ from the local subspecies Apis mellifera syriaca and from all subspecies other than A. m. Expand
It Is the Land of Honey: Beekeeping at Tel Reḥov
The excavators of Tel Rehov, a part the Beth-Shean Valley Archaeological Project, share a remarkable find from the 2007 season-an industrial beekeeping complex! Located in the middle of the unwalledExpand
Iron Age beehives at Tel Reḥov in the Jordan valley
Beehives were discovered in a densley built area in the Iron Age city of Reḥov (tenth-ninth century BC). They consisted of hollow clay cylinders, each with a little hole at one end (for the bee) andExpand
Ancient beehives from Isthmia
Ceramic beehives are known to have been utilized in ancient Greece. Excavations by the University of Chicago at Isthmia have produced many fragments with an interior combed surface characteristic ofExpand
Bee's honey—from realia to metaphor in biblical wisdom literature
The word děbās in the Bible denotes various types of fruit syrup as well as the honey produced by bees. An overview of the literary adaptation of honey in biblical narrative and poetry leads us to anExpand
A New Chronological Framework for Iron Age Copper Production at Timna (Israel)
This paper presents the results of the 2009 excavations at Site 30 in the Timna Valley, Israel. The results, coupled with a suite of 11 new radiocarbon dates, fix the chronology of the site betweenExpand
High-precision radiocarbon dating and historical biblical archaeology in southern Jordan
The methodologies applied to the historical IA archaeology of the Levant have implications for other parts of the world where sacred and historical texts interface with the material record. Expand
The Quest for the Perfect Hive: A History of Innovation in Bee Culture
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Response to Comment on “14C Dates from Tel Rehov: Iron-Age Chronology, Pharaohs, and Hebrew Kings”
The results suggest a revised Iron-Age chronology, date an archaeological stratum to Shoshenq's campaign, indicate the similarity of "Solomonic" and "Omride" pottery, and provide correlation with Greece and Cyprus. Expand
Religious Practices and Cult Objects during the Iron Age IIA at Tel Rehov and their Implications regarding Religion in Northern Israel
This article presents evidence relating to religious practices, cult objects and iconography revealed in the excavations at Tel Reḥov in the Jordan Valley and dated to the 10th–9th centuries b.c.e.Expand