"3000 year old beehives. From Science News, September 2008 (subscription required): Honey of a discovery. An ancient Israeli site yields the oldest known archaeological example of beekeeping." Article summarized at click-through.
A Minoan bee smoker (1700-1450 B.C.) Honey was an important commodity for the Minoans. Linear B tablets testify to this important agricultural industry. A smoking terracotta piece was displayed which served the purpose of quietening the hive with the introduction of smoke. It was found in the 'House of Sacrificed Oxen'