Archaeologists have found a substance in an Ancient Egyptian tomb that claimed as one of the oldest cheeses ever discovered.
Several years before, the team also discovered broken jars in the tomb of Ptahmes. Ptahmes was a high-ranking Egyptian official.
The archaeologists discovered a ‘solidified whitish mass’ in one of the jars. Earlier they also suspected that it was food but were uncertain which kind. Now a study has further recognized it as cheese which dated back 3,200 years.
The discovery is important as there was no previous evidence of Ancient Egyptian cheese production. Moreover, the report published in the journal Analytical Chemistry.
Dr. Enrico Greco from the University of Catania worked with colleagues at the Cairo University in Egypt to define its identity.
He said, “The material analyzed is probably the most ancient archaeological solid residue of cheese ever found to date”.
“We know it was made mostly from sheep’s and goat’s milk, but for me it’s really hard to imagine a specific flavor.”
Cheese historian and chemistry professor Paul Kindstedt told that the ancient cheese has had a ‘really, really acidy’ bite.
The researchers also said that they also found traces of a bacterium. This bacterium can cause an infectious disease known as brucellosis. It comes from consuming unpasteurized dairy products.
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