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7000 Year Old Cheese
« on: 18/12/2012 16:12:30 »
This week, scientists have uncovered residues of 7,000-year-old cheese.  Chemist Professor Richard Evershed from the University of Bristol is one of the authors of a paper in the journal Nature this week which describes how he and his team have made this rather milky discovery....
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Re: 7000 Year Old Cheese
« Reply #1 on: 21/12/2012 00:24:05 »
Sooooooo, you thought Limburger had an unpleasant odor?
 

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Re: 7000 Year Old Cheese
« Reply #2 on: 21/12/2012 01:47:44 »
I doubt that after 7000 years it would have much smell at all.

I wonder how long a cheese wheel of a hard cheese such as Parmigiano would last.  Potentially it could last for a very long time if kept dry and rodent free.

What could one recover from this ancient cheese processing?  For example, could one study the cheese starter bacteria being used?  DNA from the bacteria?

The type of animal providing the milk?  Cattle?  Goats?  Sheep?  Camels?
 

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Re: 7000 Year Old Cheese
« Reply #3 on: 21/12/2012 01:51:44 »
I doubt that after 7000 years it would have much smell at all.
Your point is well taken my friend.
 

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