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Ancient Cave Painting

Man of Bicorp

Estimates of age place the rock painting depicted above at approximately 15,000 years old. Discovered in the early 1900's in Valencia , Spain in the Cave of the Spider (Cueve de la Arana) situated on the river Cazunta, the painting speaks of man's long fascination with honey. Before our ancestors could write, they recorded this honey hunting event in bold red paint.

In the pictograph, an androgynous figure trusts his/her life to three thin vines or grass ropes to rob honey out of a hive high up on a cliff wall. Slung over the shoulder is a basket or gourd, ready to hold the sweet bounty about to harvested. Enormous bees surround the honey hunter, but none are depicted as stinging.

Having used fire to ward off other animals, our pre-historic ancestors most likely learned by accident that bees could be made docile with smoke. Numerous tribes and people throughout the world still hunt honey in much the same way, risking their lives for a taste of sweetness.

 

 

Article Contributed by:
Kirsten Traynor
Flickerwood Apiary
Middletown, MD 21769
flickerwood@mdbee.com

 

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