On the whole, it was found in a tomb in Egypt and its strange history was unveiled in 2018.
In 2018, a group of researchers led by Enrico Greco from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Catania, Italy, was the oldest cheese ever found (previous evidence of cheese, 6,000 years old, is a production equipment). is.
Dated some 3,200 years ago, it was in the tomb of Ptahmes, a senior Egyptian officer who lived in the 13th century BCE. The grave, where other items were found, was rediscovered in 2010 – the first was in 1885, but the site was lost due to sandstorms.
Although archaeologists suspected that it was a cheese from the beginning, only in 2018, after the use of liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques, its identity was confirmed. The result of the analysis was published in the journal analytical Chemistry.
At the time, in an interview with the New York Times, archaeologists described the cheese as similar to the French, white, soft chevre style, which was made to spread on bread, and should not be eaten in pieces.
Found to be petrified in a jar, milk was produced by mixing sheep or goat milk with buffalo and probably tasted extremely acidic.
Millennial cheese is one of the oldest solid foods ever. But this delicacy can also be a death sentence, the analysis showed.
According to the study, the peptides present suggest that the food bacteria were hosted Brucella Melitensis, A type of bacterial infection, responsible for brucellosis – and it can be fatal.
a Brucella Melitensis It is still common: bacteria pass from animals to humans who eat un-digested dairy products.