Which of the following did some ancient civilizations preserve their corpses with?
Packed with energy, honey is a human's rocket fuel. Ancient Greek historian, Herodotus noted that the ancient Assyrians embalmed their dead in honey. And after he died in 323 B.C., Alexander the Great was reportedly immersed in a golden sarcophagus brimming with honey.
The secret behind honey’s eternal shelf life is a range of factors. Hydrogen peroxide, acidity and lack of water work together to make this sticky substance last forever. The ancient Egyptians used honey for a multitude of purposes including as a sweetener, a gift for the gods and an ingredient in embalming fluid. The topical honey treatment has been used to heal wounds and burns since ancient times and is still common today.
While excavating Egypt’s famous pyramids, archaeologists found pots of honey in an ancient tomb. The honey, dating back approximately 3,000 years, is the world’s oldest sample, and still perfectly edible.
According to Egyptian drawings depicting ancient beekeeping, we’ve long known that humans have worked with bees for thousands of years but we didn’t know just how far back our relationship with bees went. In recent studies, scientists discovered that humans have been using bee products, like honey and wax, for at least 9,000 years.
Researchers from the University of Bristol analysed pottery from prehistoric vessels and found evidence of early farmers using bee products as far back as the Stone Age.