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Scientists at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom concluded that humans were already consuming honey in the Neolithic period, about 9000 years ago. The discovery described in a study published in the journal Nature was made from the analysis of ceramic pieces with beeswax traces dating back four millennia before the first illustrations with references to beekeeping being painted in Egypt.

Wax residue was found in vases, pots and fragments collected in 160 archaeological sites in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. In addition to it representing the presence of honey, the wax may have been used to waterproof ceramic objects. "This finding coincides with the dawn of agriculture and can provide evidence for the beginning of the domestication process," says geochemist Mélanie Roffet-Salque, the researcher who led the study.

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