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Connoisseurs say that the taste of cheese improves with age – but what if it was left to age for 3,200 years? Archaeologists in Egypt now have the chance to find out, but it comes with an unexpected bonus: deadly ancient bacteria. A team from the University of Catania in Italy found the cheese at the tomb of Ptahmes, a 13th-century BC mayor of Memphis in Egypt. The cheese was found wrapped with canvas inside a broken jar. It could be the most ancient cheese ever discovered, according to the team’s study, published in the journal Analytical Chemistry.
“The archaeologists suspected it was a kind of food left for the owner of the tomb and they decided to ask for chemical analyses,” said lead author Enrico Greco, a leader in the new field of ancient food discoveries known as ‘archaeofood.’ Ancient Egyptians may have dodged a potentially life-threatening bout of illness by not eating the cheese, after researchers found the specimen contained signs of a bacterium known to cause brucellosis, a deadly disease spread from animals to people via unpasteurised dairy. The tomb of the Memphis city official was found to contain murals showing various barter scenes featuring cheese, a product that had a medicinal use in ancient times. It is also thought that cheese was included in feasts buried alongside wealthy Egyptians.
originally posted by: strongfp
a reply to: randomtangentsrme
I need a source on how from a million or so years from now honey will turn into crude oil?
I get that you are preaching honey can last for a long time, I understand that, and agree. But on this planet, everything dies, everything will break down and be used as energy eventually. To say it lasts forever is a bold statement, even if it doesn't turn into an energy rich source it will eventually break down or turn into stone, fossil, or sand or what ever.
originally posted by: CaptainBeno
A couple of things:
* RT is not a very reliable source
* That's not a photo of a wheel of cheese. That's a stone column.
* It's not actually bacteria/germs. It's trace amounts of the products (possibly toxins) of brucellosis (the scientific paper) and the paper describes a methodology.
So chalk it up to Serious Overstatement of some research.
originally posted by: seagull
a reply to: Imagewerx
I seem to recall reading that somewhere, too.
Something about an amphora of wine found elsewhere that was still good--though I have trouble believing that one.
But properly sealed, honey might, only might, last a good long time under the right circumstances...