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Beekeeping began 8,500 years ago

Chemical analysis carried out on Neolithic pottery found across Europe suggests that beekeeping began 8,500 years ago. This study has gathered together evidence for the presence of beeswax in the pottery vessels of the first farmers of Europe by investigating chemical components trapped in the clay fabric of more than 6,000

200-year-old beer found in shipwreck to be rebrewed

Samples of 200-year-old beer found in a Baltic Sea shipwreck are set to be chemically analyzed and rebrewed. The salvaging operation to bring up 145 champagne bottles - since determined to include vintages from Heidseck, Veuve Clicquot, and Juglar - had one casualty: a bottle that burst open at the surface,

Bee remains found in 3,000-year-old hives

Ancient beehievs found in Israel have yielded the remains of 3,000-year-old bees. Honeybee remains found in a 3,000-year-old apiary have given archaeologists a one-of-a-kind window into the beekeeping practices of the ancient world. “Beekeeping is known only from a few Egyptian sources, from a few tombs and paintings. No actual

600-year-old beehive found build into Rosslyn Chapel

Builders renovating the 15th century Rosslyn Chapel discovered a 600-year-old beehive which had been purposefully built into a rooftop pinnacle. The bees entered the hive through a hole in a carved flower crafted by the chapel's master stone masons. The 15th Century Midlothian building is undergoing a £13m conservation and