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Art of cheese-making is 7,500 years old
Nature ^ | 12-12-2012 | Nidhi Subbaraman

Posted on 12/13/2012 11:49:12 AM PST by Renfield

Traces of dairy fat in ancient ceramic fragments suggest that people have been making cheese in Europe for up to 7,500 years. In the tough days before refrigerators, early dairy farmers probably devised cheese-making as a way to preserve, and get the best use out of, milk from the cattle that they had begun to herd.

Peter Bogucki, an archaeologist at Princeton University in New Jersey, was in the 1980s among the first to suspect that cheese-making might have been afoot in Europe as early as 5,500 bc. He noticed that archaeologists working at ancient cattle-rearing sites in what is now Poland had found pieces of ceramic vessels riddled with holes, reminiscent of cheese strainers. Bogucki reasoned that Neolithic farmers had found a way to use their herds for more than milk or meat1....

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TOPICS: Cheese, Moose, Sister; History; Science
KEYWORDS: agriculture; animalhusbandry; archaeology; bloodybouzouki; cheese; cheesemaking; dietandcuisine; godgravesglyphs; godsgravesglyphs; neolithic

1 posted on 12/13/2012 11:49:16 AM PST by Renfield
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


2 posted on 12/13/2012 11:49:50 AM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

Why not? They knew that they needed a cheese to go with the wines, beers and meads they were making.


3 posted on 12/13/2012 11:59:33 AM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Renfield

But ironically, the Art of Cheese Cutting is much older...


4 posted on 12/13/2012 12:02:41 PM PST by apillar
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To: Renfield

"Four ounces of the Aged Neolithic, if you please, stout yeoman."

5 posted on 12/13/2012 12:07:38 PM PST by Charles Henrickson ("I'm afraid we're out.")
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To: Renfield
As the full article also points out - early humans were lactose intollerant in adulthood - so making cheese out of milk might have been the only way to utilize it as a nutritious resource.
6 posted on 12/13/2012 12:10:27 PM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: Renfield

In honor of this I shall name my young daughter Velveeta.


7 posted on 12/13/2012 12:10:54 PM PST by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: Charles Henrickson

Don’t get much call for it around here, sir.


8 posted on 12/13/2012 12:14:53 PM PST by freedomlover
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To: Charles Henrickson

This skit has a life of its own; there’s even an entry in Wikipedia devoted to it.

Which reminds me...I think I’ll have some Malbec and a slice of Scamorza.

(Back from the kitchen:) Mmmm, good choice!


9 posted on 12/13/2012 12:20:31 PM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

Blessed are the cheesemakers.


10 posted on 12/13/2012 12:24:34 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: freedomlover

`Not much call’? It’s the single most popular cheese in the world!


11 posted on 12/13/2012 12:57:57 PM PST by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: Renfield; a fool in paradise
Cheese older than God's Earth by 1,500 years (more or less)? Halleluyah, I believe!


12 posted on 12/13/2012 1:10:05 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows

Man went to the Moon far earlier than ever reported.


13 posted on 12/13/2012 1:16:36 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Verginius Rufus; Revolting cat!

My daughter married a cheesemaker once. She divorced the deadbeat because he never brought home any bread.


14 posted on 12/13/2012 1:21:13 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Verginius Rufus

that’s not meant to be taken literally, it applies to all makers of dairy products


15 posted on 12/14/2012 3:32:29 AM PST by fnord (If my liberty is not part of the social contract, I opt out)
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To: elcid1970

Not around here, sir.


16 posted on 12/14/2012 6:57:33 AM PST by freedomlover
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To: fnord

Shut up, big nose!

:)


17 posted on 12/14/2012 6:59:40 AM PST by freedomlover
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To: elcid1970; Renfield; freedomlover; Charles Henrickson

Well, yeah. All that walpoling activity made them quite peckish.


18 posted on 12/14/2012 7:07:33 AM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: Renfield

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Renfield.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


19 posted on 12/15/2012 11:33:23 AM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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