Vintage cheese - found on the chests of 3,500-year-old mummies!
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
2/28/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
Its cheese of a highly revered vintage - but few people would knowingly eat it. The cheese in this case, has been found on the chest and hair of 3,500-year-old mummies. Scientists say that this is the first certifiable existence of a dairy product - and points to an ancient technology being used.
The mummies sport felt caps with feathers, woolen capes and leather boots. They were buried with precious objects including woven baskets, carved masks and a medicinal herb, as well as the cheese.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Said cheese in question dates back to 1,615 B.C. and was essentially vacuum-packed with the bodies of the mysterious Bronze Age people buried in the Taklamakan Desert, making it the oldest ever recovered.
First discovered in the 1930s, scientists have only just analyzed the proteins and fats in the clumps of 3,600-year-old food to reveal its age and ascertain that it is not butter or milk.
At least 200 mummies were discovered in the 1930s by Swedish archaeologists in the Taklimakan Desert north of Tibet.
Swedish archaeologist Folke Bergman discovered the Small River Cemetery in 1934. It had been forgotten until it was relocated using GPS navigation by a Chinese expedition. Archaeologists began excavating it from 2003 to 2005.
The people died around 3,600 years ago. Their bodies had been well preserved because of the air-tight nature of their unusual graves and salty soil. The people had European features with light brown hair. All were left unnamed. Buried in up-turned boats, the people were wrapped in animal skin to be air-tight on the top of sand dunes.
The mummies sport felt caps with feathers, woolen capes and leather boots. They were buried with precious objects including woven baskets, carved masks and a medicinal herb, as well as the cheese. The objects may have been intended for the afterlife.
Chemists at Germany's Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics found that the cheese is a lactose-free variety that was quick to make.
"We not only identified the product as the earliest known cheese, but we also have direct evidence of ancient technology," analytical chemist and study author Andrej Shevchenko says. It might have been responsible for spreading dairy farming across Asia in the Bronze Age, the said.
The method of making the cheese was inexpensive and would have been used by common people, he said.
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for AUGUST 2017
Artists. That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.
Everyone will be microchipped eventually, according to experts in the tech industry. Many people fear getting microchipped is the Mark of ... continue reading
Scientists one step closer to solving the mysteries of dark matter and dark energy with new map Watch
Researchers have published a new map of the universe's dark matter in what is the largest, most detailed survey of its kind. The research ... continue reading
Has another Biblical prophecy come true? Microchip implants are going mainstream as more companies find they provide an easy and convenient ... continue reading
Star-gazing might not be the first thing that comes to mind when Catholics think of St. Lawrence, the early Christian martyr who was cooked ... continue reading
A curiously timed series of announcements has people wondering if NASA and the US government are preparing for an alien invasion. LOS ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Pope Francis calls for prayers following terror attacks in Spain, Finland
- Mother shares heartbreaking photo of her dying daughter as she pulls ...
- Pope Francis asks for prayers following terror attacks in Spain HD Video
- Daily Readings for Sunday, August 20, 2017
- St. Bernard of Clairvaux: Saint of the Day for Sunday, August 20, 2017
- New Jersey Mayor dismantles shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe
- Mother shares tragic photo of dying daughter as she pulled the plug ...
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Monday, August 21st, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Sunday, August 20th, 2017 HD
- Charlie Gard's mother opens up about the beautiful life of terminally ill Charlie HD