One of the most well-known cultures in prehistoric West Africa is the Nigerian Nok culture, which spans a period of around 1,500 years, beginning around the middle of the 2nd millennium BCE. The presence of beeswax in ancient pottery is identified through a complex series of lipids, the fats, oils and waxes of the natural world. “This is a remarkable example of how biomolecular information extracted from prehistoric pottery, combined with ethnographic data, has provided the first insights into ancient honey hunting in West Africa, 3,500 years ago,” Dr. Dunne said. “That the Nok people exploited honey 3,500 years ago, was completely unexpected and is unique in West African prehistory.”A paper on the findings was published in the journal Nature Communications. Honey-collecting in prehistoric West Africa from 3500 years ago.
Source: The North Africa Journal April 15, 2021 20:48 UTC