Skip to content

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)

Product classified as the earliest known cheese - and proof of an ancient technology

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.

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.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
2/28/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Technology

Keywords: Cheese, mummies, milk, dairy, technology


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.

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed.
That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.


Comments


More Technology

Stephen Hawking leading team listening for signals from alien object today Watch

Image of Oumuamua is thought to be an asteroid, but scientists are scrutinizing it, just in case it's something more.

A mysterious object passing through our solar system will be studied today to determine if it is transmitting a message. A team of ... continue reading


Here's when you'll see the first self-driving trucks on the road Watch

Image of Tesla plans delivery of the first self-driving trucks in 2019.

The self-driving trucks are coming soon. After years of predicting their imminent arrival on a highway near you, we finally have a date, ... continue reading


Is Facebook destroying civilization? Watch

Image of Facebook is certainly destroying marriages, sleep patterns, and more.

Is Facebook destroying civilization? According to one former Facebook executive, the answer is yes. Chamath Palihapitiya, the former ... continue reading


Breakthrough: Have scientists just found a way to predict earthquakes? Watch

Image of Earthquakes are one disaster for which we still have no warning.

Scientists may have discovered a breakthrough in earthquake prediction. Researchers studying the 9.1 magnitude Tohoku quake in Japan from ... continue reading


Did the Russians really find extraterrestrial life on the International Space Station? Watch

Image of The extraterrestrial hitchhikers were discovered by Russian cosmonauts on a spacewalk aboard the International Space Station.

Russian cosmonauts claim they have found alien life hitching a ride on the International Space Station (ISS). The Russian news agency, ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Information
Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Services
Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on catholic.org

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Education
Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

Catholic Online MasterClass
Learn from experts

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Catholic Media Missionaries
The New Evangelization

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Socials
Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.