Dr. Shelby Justl

Dr. Shelby Justl

Shelby Justl received an MA in Egyptology from the University of Liverpool and is now a PhD candidate in the Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations Department of the University of Pennsylvania. This lecture was first presented last year at the American Research Center in Egypt annual meeting.

Buzzworthy: Administration of Beekeeping and the Honey Industry

Honey was the major sweetener for ancient Egyptians. It was used in food and medicine, and was a valuable tribute commodity. Honey production might have been a royal prerogative in the Old and Middle Kingdoms, but appears to be a more expansive industry from the New Kingdom onwards. This lecture assesses the industrialization of Egyptian honey production and the extent of royal and temple control over bee-keeping from the New Kingdom to the Ptolemaic Period through beekeeping titles, New Kingdom letters, the Wilbour Papyrus, Abydos Stela of Sheshonq, and Zenon archives.