#1 Archaeologists Find Cheese Clinging to 3,600-Year-Old Chinese Mummies by Rev 27.02.2014 21:56

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Archaeologists Find Cheese Clinging to 3,600-Year-Old Chinese Mummies

By Alan Boyle



The mummies from China's Taklamakan Desert are thought to be up to 4,000 years old.




Researchers have identified clumps of well-aged cheese tucked around the necks and chests of Chinese mummies that are up to 3,600 years old. So is this the world's oldest cheese? That depends on what your definition of "cheese" is.

Archaeologists in China collected samples of yellowish material from 10 tombs and mummies at Small River Cemetery No. 5 in northwestern China's Taklamakan Desert. The dry desert conditions contributed to the preservation of the mummies — as well as the textiles and gunky stuff that was packed around them.

Chemists in Germany analyzed the proteins in the clumps and determined that the yellowish material was a type of kefir cheese. The stuff was probably left with the mummies either as a tribute or as food for the afterlife.

The Taklamakan mummies are already notable because they appear to represent a mysterious non-Asian, Bronze Age culture that made its way to China thousands of years ago. It's plausible that they brought their cheese-making ways with them.

Read more:

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-n...-mummies-n40631

#2 RE: Archaeologists Find Cheese Clinging to 3,600-Year-Old Chinese Mummies by Sanguine 27.02.2014 21:59

You don't see that headline every day.

#3 RE: Archaeologists Find Cheese Clinging to 3,600-Year-Old Chinese Mummies by PzLdr 28.02.2014 00:05

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"You want fries with that cheese?"

#4 RE: Archaeologists Find Cheese Clinging to 3,600-Year-Old Chinese Mummies by Frank Cannon 28.02.2014 01:04

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Oddly enough, you never see cheese as an ingredient on Chinese menus.

#5 RE: Archaeologists Find Cheese Clinging to 3,600-Year-Old Chinese Mummies by ThirstyMan 28.02.2014 07:11

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for guys only....

Moe, Larry, Cheese!!!


#6 RE: Archaeologists Find Cheese Clinging to 3,600-Year-Old Chinese Mummies by Eglman 28.02.2014 07:26

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With a shelf-life of 4,000 years

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