Publication: Widespread exploitation of the honeybee by early Neolithic farmers

The paper presents secure identifications of beeswax in lipid residues preserved in pottery vessels of Neolithic Old World farmers. The geographical range of bee product exploitation is traced in Neolithic Europe, the Near East and North Africa, providing the palaeoecological range of honeybees during prehistory. It demonstrates that bee products were exploited continuously, and probably extensively in some regions, from at least the seventh millennium.

See: ROFFET-SALQUE, M. et al. 2015. Widespread exploitation of the honeybee by early Neolithic farmers. Nature, 527, 226-230.

Date Posted: 23 Nov 2015