The World History of Beekeeping and Honey Hunting

Author: Eva Crane

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415924672

Category: Reference

Page: 682

View: 8823


This is the first book to explore in detail the world history of humankind's use of bees from prehistoric times to the present day. Both rock art and recent field studies have shown how honey hunters obtained their harvest from bees' nests. Honey has always been the chief prize, but bee brood has been eaten as meat, and beeswax has been utilized in many technologies. Bees, honey, and wax have special symbolic significance in both early beliefs and later world religions. But perhaps bees' greatest benefit has been their pollination of crops.

Ancient Egyptian Materials and Technology

Author: Paul T. Nicholson,Ian Shaw

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521452571

Category: History

Page: 702

View: 4447


Aimed primarily at Egyptologists and archaeologists, this book covers all aspects of craftwork in a ncient Egypt, from the construction of the pyramids and the carving of statues to techniques of mummification, boat-building, jewellery making, ancient brewing, carpentry, hairstyling, tailoring and basket weaving. Drawing on archaeological, experimental, ethnographic and laboratory work, it is the first book since the 1920s to describe current research into the actual basics of life in Pharaonic Egypt. The twenty-five chapters, by well-regarded scholars, present up-to-date and accessible information on a wide array of techniques.

The Hive

The Story of the Honeybee and Us

Author: Bee Wilson

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 1466870699

Category: Nature

Page: 320

View: 1416


Ever since men first hunted for honeycomb in rocks and daubed pictures of it on cave walls, the honeybee has been seen as one of the wonders of nature: social, industrious, beautiful, terrifying. No other creature has inspired in humans an identification so passionate, persistent, or fantastical. The Hive recounts the astonishing tale of all the weird and wonderful things that humans believed about bees and their "society" over the ages. It ranges from the honey delta of ancient Egypt to the Tupelo forests of modern Florida, taking in a cast of characters including Alexander the Great and Napoleon, Sherlock Holmes and Muhammed Ali. The history of humans and honeybees is also a history of ideas, taking us through the evolution of science, religion, and politics, and a social history that explores the bee's impact on food and human ritual. In this beautifully illustrated book, Bee Wilson shows how humans will always view the hive as a miniature universe with order and purpose, and look to it to make sense of their own.

Interpreting the Landscape

Landscape Archaeology and Local History

Author: Michael Aston

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113474630X

Category: Social Science

Page: 168

View: 8353


Most places in Britain have had a local history written about them. Up until this century these histories have addressed more parochial issues, such as the life of the manor, rather than explaining the features and changes in the landscape in a factual manner. Much of what is visible today in Britain's landscape is the result of a chain of social and natural processes, and can be interpreted through fieldwork as well as from old maps and documents. Michael Aston uses a wide range of source material to study the complex and dynamic history of the countryside, illustrating his points with aerial photographs, maps, plans and charts. He shows how to understand the surviving remains as well as offering his own explanations for how our landscape has evolved.

Eva Crane

Bee Scientist 1912-2007

Author: Penelope Walker

Publisher: I.B.R.A

ISBN: 0860982548

Category: Animal scientists

Page: 143

View: 3596



From where I Sit

Essays on Bees, Beekeeping, and Science

Author: Mark L. Winston

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 9780801484780

Category: Nature

Page: 171

View: 300


A scientist before he was a beekeeper, Mark L. Winston found in his new hobby a paradigm for understanding the role science should play in society. In essays originally appearing as columns in Bee Culture, the leading professional journal, Winston uses beekeeping as a starting point to discuss broader issues, such as how agriculture functions under increasingly complex social and environmental restraints, how scientists grapple with issues of accountability, and how people struggle to maintain contact with the natural world. Winston's reflections on bees, beekeeping, and science cover a period of tumultuous change in North America, a time when new parasites, reduced research funding, and changing economic conditions have disrupted the livelihoods of bee farmers."Managed honeybees in the city provide a major public service by pollinating gardens, fruit trees, and berry bushes, and should be encouraged rather than legislated out of existence. Our cities, groomed and cosmopolitan as they appear, still obey the basic rules of nature, and our gardens and yards are no exception. Homegrown squashes, apple trees, raspberries, peas, beans, and other garden crops require bees to move the pollen from one flower to another, no matter how urbanized or sophisticated the neighborhood."

Zoro's Field

My Life in the Appalachian Woods

Author: Thomas Rain Crowe

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 0820342408

Category: Nature

Page: 221

View: 733


A modern-day tale of living close to the land describes how the author returned to his native Appalachians to live alone deep in the North Carolina woods, in a primitive cabin without electricity, plumbing, modern-day transportation, or regular income and his observations on the rhythms of the natural world around him, the nature of self-sufficiency, wilderness, and more.