Mina Evron from Haifa University is analyzing the pollen remains in the hives. A particularly fascinating find at the site is an inscription on a ceramic storage jar found near the beehives that reads "To nmsh".
Beeswax was also utilized in the metal and leather industries, as well as for writing material when coated on wooden tablets.
This could be evidence of deviant cultic practices by the ancient Israelites related to the production of honey and beeswax. This is the time period attributed to the reign of King Solomon and the first kings of the northern Kingdom of Israel following the division of the monarchy.
Study of the beehives found at Tel Rehov is being conducted with the participation of various researchers. Guy Bloch of the Silberman Institute of Life Sciences of the Hebrew University is studying the biological aspects of the finds; he already discovered parts of bees' bodies in the remains of honeycomb extracted from inside the hives. Dvori Namdar of the Weizmann Institute of Science succeeded in identifying beeswax molecules from the walls of the beehives, and Prof. The city of Rehov is indeed mentioned in an Egyptian inscription dating to the time of the Pharaoh Shoshenq I (Biblical Shishak), whom the Bible notes as the contemporary of King Solomon and who invaded Israel following that monarch's death.
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