Skip to comments.Neolithic Europeans Made Cheese, Yogurt
Posted on 01/25/2006 10:09:11 AM PST by SunkenCiv
Dirty cooking pots dating to nearly 8,000 years ago reveal that some of Europe's earliest farming communities produced dairy products, such as cheese and yogurt. Two separate studies indicate that Neolithic dairying took place in what are now Romania, Hungary and Switzerland... Craig and his team studied fatty residues stuck on ceramic cooking vessels found at the left bank of the Danube near Romania and at the Great Hungarian Plain. The dirty pots date from 5,950-5500 B.C. Analysis of the fats suggests they belonged to goat or sheep milk... In another paper published in the current Journal of Archaeological Science, Spangenberg and his team conducted a similar study on dirty cooking pot shards found at a site called Arbon Bleiche 3 on the southwestern shore of Lake Constance in Switzerland. The shards date to 3384-3370 B.C. The Swiss scientists compared the carbon and nitrogen isotope signatures of the residues with those of fats found in today's organic milks and cheeses. The residue signatures closely matched those for cow, goat and sheep milk... The researchers theorized that the cheese would have been similar to modern fresh goat cheese and farmer's cheese. Sour cream also likely was produced. Bones that belonged to domestic cows, pigs, goats, sheep and dogs also were found at the Swiss site where numerous individual family farms appear to have been located around 6,000 years ago... In addition to the animal bones, several fish bones also were excavated at the site, along with evidence for hazelnuts, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, crab apples and sloe plums.
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Yes, but did they have macaroni to go with the cheese? That would be a sign of an advanced civilzation.
I think I might have one of those in the back of my fridge...
And from there, it was only a short technological advance to bad Kraft TV commercials.
A couple dozen feet deeper, if they care to look, in a layer dating to the last Ice Age, they'll excavate the first ice cream making dairy equipment.
They were probably using animals and making cheese etc. longer ago than 8,000 years.
A big juicy slab of auroch...
Evidently dish-washing has never been a popular activity.
I like cheese. Do you like cheese?
I grok that. [cave man talk]
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Posted on 01/24/2006 5:11:18 PM PST by Main Street
Sigh. I have one on my cupboard.
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