The oldest beehives in israeli were3000 years old. They similar to theEgyptian beehive.But this ancient israeli beehive hasa lid at the top so they could reachthe honeycombThe hives were found in rows in aroom that could have held up to200 hives.A bee farm that contains manyhives is called an apiary.
Traditional Ethiopian beehivesMany cultures weavesbasket hives because theyare cheap and easy tomake. Traditional longhives in Ethiopia are placedhigh in the trees. They arehollow with an open endfor the bees to enter. Thehive had to be destroyed toremove the honeycomb.
Log beehives from polandThese log hives were vertical ratherthan horizontal. The bees went in anout through the holes in the front.A lid was placed at the top so that thebeekeepers could reach the honey.When they collected the honey,beekeepers used sulphur smoke, whichkilled the bees
Skeps and bee bolesPeople made hives from strawand hung them from a hook ina "bee bole"( a niche built intoa wall to protect the hive fromthe weather) the hives werecalled skeps.There was no framework inthe skep for bees. Thebeekeeper had to destroy thebees and the skep to harvestthe honey