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

BY ALAN BOYLE
nbcnews.com

February 27, 2014

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.

The researchers say these are the oldest known specimens of actual cheese, (as opposed to milk or butter), but they're not the earliest evidence of cheese making. Others have reported finding residues of milk fat on 7,500 year old cheese making equipment from Poland. Milk residues also have been found in the remains of 8,000 year old pottery from Turkey's Anatolia region. It's not clear, however, whether those residues came from cheese.

The latest results, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science, suggest protein analysis could help solve other archaeological mysteries.

"Our work opens new perspectives in the analysis of ancient material," Andrej Shevchenko of Germany's Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics told Discovery News. "But, most importantly, it shows the technology behind ancient cheese making."

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When I get neck cheese, I know it's time to shower. Buh dum tss!

She does have nice eyelashes.

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When I get neck cheese, I know it's time to shower. Buh dum tss!

She does have nice eyelashes.


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I wonder how bad it tastes and smells.

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Amazing what they find in burial sites. China, land of spices and rice and they find cheese.

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They also found a few crumpled wrappers with the word "Kraft" on them.

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awesome.............quick i need a aged shiraz and a plane ticket

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