For the week ending 17 November 2007 / 7 Kislev 5768
Tel Rechov Bee Honey in the Land of Milk and Honey
Although the Torah's description of Eretz Israel as the "Land of Milk and Honey" was a reference to the honey-like date fruit rather than bee honey, it may well be that honey-making from beehives was once a local industry.
Recent archeological excavations at Tel Rechov in the Bet She'an Valley uncovered the oldest known beehive colony in the Middle East. According to Carbon-14 calculations these beehives date back close to 3,000 years.