Skip to comments.Clay pot fragments reveal early start to cheese-making, a marker for civilization
Posted on 01/12/2013 5:52:13 AM PST by Renfield
(Phys.org)As a young archaeologist, Peter Bogucki based his groundbreaking theory on the development of Western civilization on the most ancient of human technology, pottery. But it took some of the most modern developments in biochemistryand 30 years finally to confirm he was right.
While working as director of studies at one of Princeton University's residential colleges in the 1980s, Bogucki theorized that the development of cheese-making in Europea critical indicator of an agricultural revolutionoccurred thousands of years earlier than scientists generally believed. His insight, based on a study of perforated potsherds that Bogucki helped recover from dig sites in Poland, promised to change the scientific understanding of how ancient Western civilization developed.
Bogucki published his theory in a 1984 article in the Oxford Journal of Archaeology. Although his detective work was extensive, it was impossible to prove the bits of pottery were the remains of a cheese maker, rather than some other type of strainer.
There the matter lay, until researchers at the University of Bristol used a new type of test to measure ancient molecular remnants embedded within the pottery....
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At Last! After 9 years on FR, I finally get to post an article using the “Cheese-Moose-Sister” keyword.
(bookmark for after shower)
“Blessed are the cheese makers. “
“This IS a cheese shop?”
Needed to get my python in.
Behold! A "marker" for civilization!
And shortly after the first Green Bay Packers fans were born.
But you forgot the "turophile" ping-list...
Cheese-making is a mark of civilization? Can cutting the cheese be far behind?
"Well, obviously it's not meant to be taken literally; it refers to any manufacturers of dairy products."
You are in such trouble now.
Guess I’d better cheese it. ;^)
Blessed are the cheese makers.
Be careful visiting - they’re in the PA.
Go Green Bay Packers! Love the cheese heads but loathe head cheese. ick
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Thanks Renfield. Someone should do some excavation in Cheddar Gorge...
It was gouda you to post this.
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