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Ancient mummies found buried with world's oldest cheese
L. A. Times ^ | 2-28-2014 | Jean Harris

Posted on 03/01/2014 3:15:21 AM PST by Renfield

For some cheese lovers, the older and stinkier the cheese, the better. Well, what about a cheese that's been aging for 3,600 years?

Yellow lumps, believed to be the world's oldest cheese, were found on mummies buried in the Taklamakan Desert in northwestern China. The cheese, which was found during archaeological excavations that took place between 2002 and 2004, dates to as early as 1615 BC.

The cheese was found on the necks and chests of the mummies. The multiple layers of cowhide the mummies were buried in, and the dry, salty desert helped preserve the cheese....

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Cheese, Moose, Sister; Food; History; Science
KEYWORDS: agriculture; ancientautopsies; animalhusbandry; archaeology; cheese; cheesemaking; china; dietandcuisine; fromage; godsgravesglyphs; mummies; sheep; silkroad; taklamakandesert
I'll go ahead and add this just to get it out of the way...


1 posted on 03/01/2014 3:15:21 AM PST by Renfield
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To: SunkenCiv

Ping


2 posted on 03/01/2014 3:15:39 AM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield

Lumps of cheese, shown with arrowheads, were collected from the neck and chest of a female mummy known as the "Beauty of Xiaohe." Inset shows an enlarged view of a cheese lump.

3 posted on 03/01/2014 3:18:29 AM PST by Renfield (Turning apples into venison since 1999!)
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To: Renfield
yeah. ;-)..Moose..cheese..(mehican :) sister..BUMP
who knew Modern Archeologists' findings could be so funny?

4 posted on 03/01/2014 3:31:30 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: Renfield

Not to be ‘cheezy’ but I am thinking the cheese was buried with the mummies, not the other way around...


5 posted on 03/01/2014 3:31:36 AM PST by ArtDodger
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To: Renfield
Did someone have to first taste it to determine it was cheese?

"Larry, taste that and see if it's cheese..."

6 posted on 03/01/2014 3:35:24 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Occam's razor was made by Gillette)
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To: ArtDodger

I don’t know about that. When it’s time to bury my cheese, you may as well throw me in the ground with it.


7 posted on 03/01/2014 3:37:46 AM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Renfield

Would Bill Clinton date her?


8 posted on 03/01/2014 3:42:06 AM PST by 22202NOVA ("Democracy is the art of running the circus from the monkey cage." -- H.L. Mencken)
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To: 22202NOVA
presumably, age is not a factor.
(from what I've heard, even if it moves or
doesn't..not even the honorable Laz.)

9 posted on 03/01/2014 3:58:24 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: Renfield

“Very well then, I’ll have to shoot you.”


10 posted on 03/01/2014 4:00:34 AM PST by twister881
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To: Renfield

Has to be Velveeta. Only stuff that can last that long


11 posted on 03/01/2014 4:05:52 AM PST by Jimmy Valentine (DemocRATS - when they speak, they lie; when they are silent, they are stealing the American Dream)
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To: Renfield

I don’t care how %$#&@&&! runny it is.... hand it over with all speed!


12 posted on 03/01/2014 4:21:04 AM PST by Klemper
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To: BykrBayb

Heard it was a real cheezy funeral..


13 posted on 03/01/2014 4:22:54 AM PST by ArtDodger
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To: Renfield

Don’t tell me.... I’m keen to guess!


14 posted on 03/01/2014 4:48:18 AM PST by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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To: Renfield

Jeez, maybe the mummy was cooking macaroni and cheese.


15 posted on 03/01/2014 5:07:01 AM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014: The Year of DEAD RINOS)
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To: b4its2late

AWWW! The cats eaten it!


16 posted on 03/01/2014 5:17:59 AM PST by Klemper
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To: 22202NOVA

“Would Bill Clinton date her?”

More so, would Laz hit it?


17 posted on 03/01/2014 5:34:38 AM PST by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: Renfield

Ahh.....Royalty!!!

She was the Big Cheese!


18 posted on 03/01/2014 5:42:17 AM PST by G Larry (Did You Like That Better?)
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To: Renfield
the world's oldest cheese [snip] found on mummies buried in the Taklamakan Desert in northwestern China

Makes one wonder when the Chinese became intolerant of dairy, either that or . . . .

19 posted on 03/01/2014 8:14:09 AM PST by Oratam
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To: Renfield


20 posted on 03/01/2014 8:19:28 AM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: Renfield; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; ...
Thanks Renfield, I'm glad you posted this, it'll make an excellent Digest ping as well.

21 posted on 03/01/2014 4:08:53 PM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: Renfield

The cheese was found on the necks and chests of the mummies.

&&&
Considering how much my husband and I love cheese, the kids could possibly decide to put cheese in the caskets with us.


22 posted on 03/01/2014 4:57:27 PM PST by Bigg Red (O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Ps 8)
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To: Renfield

Who cut the cheese???


23 posted on 03/01/2014 5:09:48 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: Renfield

Wow, 3600 years and her beauty is still very evident.

That’s the power of cheese, folks.


24 posted on 03/01/2014 5:20:39 PM PST by Yardstick
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To: SunkenCiv

Hard cheese.


25 posted on 03/01/2014 7:20:11 PM PST by wildbill ())
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To: Renfield

“Guida? Limberger? Camember...?”

“Not as such. No, sir.”


26 posted on 03/02/2014 7:54:32 AM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Renfield

“It’s the cleanest shop in the district, sir!”

“It’s certainly uncontaminated with cheese!”


27 posted on 03/02/2014 7:56:51 AM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Renfield

Anyway, for a hat, it looks surprisingly modern.


28 posted on 03/02/2014 7:58:12 AM PST by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Klemper

LOL!

Looks a bit runny to me!


29 posted on 03/03/2014 11:17:37 AM PST by b4its2late (A Progressive is a person who will give away everything he doesn't own.)
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(file from David Derrick files)

Archaeological finds reveal prehistoric civilization along Silk Road

30 posted on 04/05/2014 9:04:18 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Obama is now making Jimmy Carter look like Attila the Hun. /focus/news/3138768/posts)
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