Iron Age beehives at Tel Rehov in the Jordon valley

Amihai Mazar*, Dvory Namdar, Nava Panitz-Cohen, Ronny Neumann, Steve Weiner

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Beehives were discovered in a densley built area in the Iron Age city of Rehov (tenth-ninth century BC). They consisted of hollow clay cylinders, each with a little hole at one end (for the bee) and a removable lid at the other (for the bee keeper). These beehives, the earliestfound in the Near East, were identified by analogy with examples pictured on Egyptian tombs and in use by traditional peoples. The suggested identification was confirmed by chemical analysis.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)629-639
Number of pages11
Issue number317
StatePublished - Sep 2008


  • Apiary
  • Beehives
  • Honey
  • Iron age
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Southern Levant


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