Rehov (also Rehob) was an important Bronze- and Iron Age city located at Tel Rehov (Hebrew: תל רחוב‎), an archaeological site in the Jordan Valley, Israel, approximately 5 km south of Beit She'an and 3 km west of the Jordan River. The site represents one of the largest ancient city mounds in Israel, its surface area comprising 120,000 m² in size, divided into an "Upper City" (40,000 m²) and a "Lower City" (80,000 m²). The oldest known archaeological finds relating to beekeeping were discovered at Rehov.[1]

Archaeological excavations

Archaeological excavations have been conducted at Rehov almost every year since 1997 under the directorship of Amihai Mazar, Professor at the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and with the primary sponsorship of John Camp.

Rehov has emerged as a site of much archaeological importance. The Iron Age II levels of the site, in particular, have emerged as a vitally important component in the current debate regarding the chronology of the United Monarchy of Israel. Important data has also been forthcoming regarding the Early Bronze Age, Late Bronze Age and medieval occupation of the site.

Mazar's site supervisors at Rehov have included Paul James Cowie (Area E), Robert Mullins (Areas A and B), Nava Panitz-Cohen (Area C), Amir Sumaqai-Fink (Area D), Dalit Weinblatt-Krauss (Area B), Adi Ziv-Esudri (Areas F and G) and Nachum Applbaum (computers and website). The burden of the work is achieved each year by students and volunteers from universities and colleges in Israel, the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and several other countries.

Ancient beehives

In September 2007 it was reported that that 30 intact beehives dated to the mid-10th century BCE to the early 9th century BCE were found by archaeologists in the ruins of Rehov.[2] The beehives were evidence of an advanced honey-producing beekeeping (apiculture) industry 3000 years ago in the city, then thought to have a population of about 2000 residents at that time, both Israelite and Canaanite. The beehives, made of straw and unbaked clay, were found in orderly rows of 100 hives.[3] Previously references to honey in ancient texts of the region (such as the phrase "land of milk and honey" in the Hebrew Bible) were thought to refer to honey derived from dates and figs; the discoveries show evidence of commercial production of honey and beeswax.

The beehives were dated by carbon-14 radiocarbon dating at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, using organic material (wheat found next to the beehives).

Ezra Marcus of Haifa University, said the finding was a glimpse of ancient beekeeping seen in Near Eastern texts and ancient art. Religious practice was evidenced by an altar decorated with fertility figurines found alongside the hives. [4][5][6]


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  1. Oldest known archaeological example of beekeeping discovered in Israel
  2. Friedman, Matti (September 4, 2007), "Israeli archaeologists find 3,000-year-old beehives" in USA Today, Retrieved 2010-01-04
  3. Mazar, Amihai and Panitz-Cohen, Nava, (December 2007) It Is the Land of Honey: Beekeeping at Tel Rehov Near Eastern Archaeology, Volume 70, Number 4, ISSN 1094-2076
  4. Friedman, Matti. "Archaeologists Discover Ancient Beehives." Associated Press. 7 September 2007.
  5. "Hebrew University excavations reveal first Biblical period beehives in 'Land of Milk and Honey.'" Beth-Shean Valley Archaeological Project Tel Rehov Excavations. Hebrew University of Jerusalem Institute of Archaeology. [1]
  6. "Tel Rehov Reveals the First Beehives in Ancient Near East." 4 September 2007. [2]

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Coordinates: 32°27′25.65″N 35°29′53.67″E / 32.457125°N 35.4982417°E / 32.457125; 35.4982417

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