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Earliest known honey jars in Africa are 3,500 years old – EarthSky

An ancient people with a sweet tooth – the Nok culture of sub-Saharan Africa – used terracotta pots to hold honey 3,500 years ago. They may be the earliest confirmed…



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Archaeologist Gabriele Franke of Goethe University, inspecting Nok vessels at the Janjala research station in Nigeria. Franke is a co-author on a new paper about honey-collecting in prehistoric West Africa. Image via Peter Breunig/ University of Bristol.
Terracotta pottery pieces, unearthed at excavation sites in central Nigeria – some as old as 3,500 years – carry direct evidence that the vessels once held honey, humanity’s oldest sweetener. Analyses of residue found in the shards show compounds…

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