Honey discovered in Georgia’s Neolithic settlements dates back 8000 years
13 May, 2019
Honey discovered in Georgia’s Neolithic settlements dates back 8000 years
During the construction of the Baku–Tbilisi–Ceyhan pipeline in Borjomi, a resort town in south-central Georgia, archeologists discovered a Kodiani (a mountain in Borjomi) Kurgan near the village Sakire. The Kurgan which dates back 5500 years revealed a female skeleton and bones along with the jars of honey – a wood and two clay jars.
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The content of the jars was examined by the Palynological Laboratory of the Georgian National Museum. According to the laboratory results, the three jars housed the best
quality honey with different kinds of flower pollen. One of them was Tilia honey, another was meadow honey and the third honey type the mixture of different plants’ pollen. The flowers of the third type of honey grow in open yards and along the roads indicating that Beehives used to stand around yards and residences.

Besides, archeological projects were carried out on Gadachrili Gora, Shulavei Gora and Imiri Gora in Marneuli (southern Georgia). The sites revealed the evidence of Neolithic settlement when the folks began to grow plants and domesticate the animals. There was discovered a clay jar with honey samples. The pollen of the honey belongs to wheat and lawn weeds. The honey sample dates back 8000 years.
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The honey samples discovered in Georgia are older than the samples of the 3000-year-old Egyptian honey discovered in Tutankhamun's tomb.

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