Ancient Beehives from Isthmia

by Virginia R. Anderson-Stojanovic and J. Ellis Jones

Hesperia, Volume 71, Issue 4
Page(s): 345-376
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3182041
Year: 2002


Ceramic beehives are known to have been utilized in ancient Greece. Excavations by the University of Chicago at Isthmia have produced many fragments with an interior combed surface characteristic of this special vessel. In addition to four almost complete beehives of horizontal type, four restored hives and a number of fragments of an upright style of hive from the Sanctuary of Poseidon and the Rachi settlement are published here. They provide the first substantial evidence for the existence of the upright hive in ancient Greece.