Episode 3 - The Back of History's Fridge, Part 1: Butter and Honey
Strap on the barf bags, folks, because today we're talking about bog butter, ancient beekeeping, and where Classical poets thought baby bees come from. Plus, Amber shares a cautionary tale about licking things on an excavation. Hey--never put archaeology in your mouth.
To learn more about this week's topic, check out:
Carson, Rachel D. (2015). The Honey Bee and Apian Imagery in Classical Literature
Poole, Federico. (2001). 'Cumin, Set Milk, Honey': An Ancient Egyptian Medicine Container (Naples 828). The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, 87: 175-180.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3822380
Honeybees Sweetened Life for Stone Age Humans (LiveScience)
Honey in the Pyramids (National Geographic)
Itinerant Etruscan Beekeepers (Archaeology Magazine)
And on a final note: Seriously, folks, don’t eat archaeological material. Even if it wouldn’t kill you.
Photo Credit: By Bazonka [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons