The world’s oldest cheese found in Egyptian tomb

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Representtive Image. Credit: porkpie.co.uk

Surprisingly, the world’s oldest cheese has been searched out in Egyptian tomb.

This cheese seems to have been a favorite food even for the Egyptian mummies!! It so happened that tomb of Ptahmes, mayor of Memphis in Egypt during the 13th century BC was turned up in 1885 which was later on rediscovered in 2010 along with some pieces of broken jars. Now one of the jar contained solidified white mass and a canvas fabric. This fabric might have been used to cover the ingredients of the jar or to preserve the white mass.

The researchers worked on to detect the content of the white mass and found certain protein constituents which was purified and analyzed using techniques like liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry. These techniques revealed the nature of the peptides which pointed towards the sample as a dairy product. The canvas fabric characteristic confirmed the solid mass to be a cheese mass.

 

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