Beekeeping

Buzzworthy: Administration of Beekeeping and the Honey Industry

Honey was the major sweetener for ancient Egyptians. It was used in food and medicine, and was a valuable tribute commodity. Honey production might have been a royal prerogative in the Old and Middle Kingdoms, but appears to be a more expansive industry from the New Kingdom onwards. This lecture assesses the industrialization of Egyptian honey production and the extent of royal and temple control over bee-keeping from the New Kingdom to the Ptolemaic Period through beekeeping titles, New Kingdom letters, the Wilbour Papyrus, Abydos Stela of Sheshonq, and Zenon archives.