Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics of Honey Bees


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Honey bee hieroglyphic

Eygptian honey bee hieroglyphic

The earliest depictions of beekeeping come from the tombs of ancient Egypt from around 2400 BC. Bees were kept in cylinders made from reeds and covered in mud, hives such are still being kept by some beekeepers in the area today. The ancient Egyptian beekeepers also were migratory, putting many hives on rafts floating up and down the Nile River to where the best bee forage was located. Honey was found in the tombs of the pharaohs including King Tutankhamen. The honey recovered from these tombs was still edible, proving that honey never spoils.
The pictures above were taken at the Louvre Museum in Paris.

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