Cheese played a surprisingly important role in human evolution

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According to (This article and its images were originally posted on Popular Science August 31, 2018 at 02:45PM.)

A solid white mass found in a broken jar in an Ancient Egyptian tomb has turned out to be the world’s oldest example of solid cheese.

Probably made mostly from sheep or goats milk, the cheese was found several years ago by archaeologists in the ancient tomb of Ptahmes, who was a high-ranking Egyptian official. The substance was identified after the archaeology team carried out biomolecular identification of its proteins.

This 3,200-year-old find is exciting because it shows that the Ancient Egyptian’s shared our love of cheese—to the extent it was given as a funerary offering. But not only that, it also fits into archaeology’s growing understanding of the importance of dairy to the development of the human diet in Europe.

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This article and its images were originally posted on [Popular Science] August 31, 2018 at 02:45PM. All credit to both the author Penny Bickle/The Conversation and Popular Science | ESIST.T>G>S Recommended Articles Of The Day.

 

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