Georgian Scientists Find 5,500-Year-Old Honey

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BORJOMI, GEORGIA - In a tomb of a rich Georgian woman who was buried about 5,500 years ago,  near the town of Borjomi, Georgian archeologists have now found ancient honey.

Borjomi is a spa town and ski resort in the western part of the republic of Georgia, in the Caucasus region. The tomb itself was already discovered in 2003 during work on the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. Now it has been established that there is still ancient honey in some of vessels in the tomb.

It took some time to discover this, because the grave had been robbed and most of the contents were stolen. However there was still some honey left on the inside of the vessels. Three kinds of honey were found: one from the blossom of the Caucasian lime tree, one of cornflower and one of field flowers. The Georgian archeologists assume that the woman buried in the tomb was a specialist honey harvester.

This Georgian find is fascinating, because such old honey has not been found before. The honey found in Egypt, in Tutankhamen's grave dates from around 1330 BC.

This could mean that the ancient inhabitants of the republic of Georgia specialized in different ways of honey harvesting long before the Egyptians did. Pure honey never spoils, so someone could still enjoy this ancient Georgian treat today.