The South Caucasus country of Georgia may have joined Spain, Egypt and China as one of the earliest nations in the world to have collected and used honey as food.
Local television Rustavi2 reported Thursday findings had led Georgian archaeologists to think Georgian honey was 2,000 years older than Egyptian honey, of which the first known sample turned up in the tomb of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun, popularly known as the King Tut, who lived from 1341 BC to 1323 BC.
The fertility god of Egypt, Min, was once offered honey as well.
Georgian archaeologists have found honey remains on the inner surface of clay vessels unearthed from a robbed tomb of a Georgian lady. The tomb was found during the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline some years back.
Further tests could show Georgian honey to be 5,500 years old.
A Chinese publication dating back to the Spring and Autumn Warring States period (770 BC-221 BC) depicted honey collection and usage as food and medicine.
The world's oldest known reference to honey collection was found in ancient cave paintings located in Valencia in Spain. Honey seekers were depicted on the 8,000-year-old Arana Caves.