5961Re: Tel Rehov beehives
- Sep 1, 2007Added question -
Beehives bring immediately the honey production association, but they
also produce wax. Could the clay figurines in the same context be
models for lost-wax casting? Any sign of an associated metal industry?
At 03:31 AM 9/1/2007, Ariel L. Szczupak wrote:
>There was a TV report a couple of days ago on Tel Rehov (Beni Lis,Ariel.
>channel 11). I missed the beginning and was interrupted several
>times during the report. What I did manage to see was quiet amazing.
>A "farm of beehives (over 30?) within the city, trapped under
>collapsed stones, some crushed, but some intact with remains of bees
>and honeycombs (undergoing lab work in various universities).
>Estimated production of 500kg (which is about 1500 "normal" sized
>jars). And, if I got it right, in the same context they found
>figurines and other cultic objects, and inscriptions (ostraca?).
>I haven't seen anything on this on the internet, besides a mention
>of beehives. It'd be very nice if someone here can correct anything
>I got wrong and maybe add some details (without violating issues of
>publications, of course).
>Some of the questions:
>The presenter kept saying "Solomon" and Israelites, so I guess he
>meant 10th cbc? 9th cbc? Which layer exactly?
>Are the collapsed stones from a structure from the same stratum or
>from a more recent one? IIRC Iron II in Tel Rehov is mostly mud, not stones.
>What types of inscriptions? Bookkeeping? Letters? Cultic?
>Is an association of honey production with cultic objects something
>known from other places?
>And the most intriguing - a beehive farm within an urban
>environment. Are there precedents? (not only from the ANE)
>[100% bona fide dilettante ... delecto ergo sum!]
>Ariel L. Szczupak
>AMIS-JLM (Ricercar Ltd.)
>POB 4707, Jerusalem, Israel 91401
>Phone: +972-2-5619660 Fax: +972-2-5634203
[100% bona fide dilettante ... delecto ergo sum!]
Ariel L. Szczupak
AMIS-JLM (Ricercar Ltd.)
POB 4707, Jerusalem, Israel 91401
Phone: +972-2-5619660 Fax: +972-2-5634203
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