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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....

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TOPICS: Cheese, Moose, Sister; Food; History; Science
KEYWORDS: afanasevo; agriculture; ancientautopsies; animalhusbandry; archaeology; cheese; cheesemaking; china; dietandcuisine; fromage; godsgravesglyphs; mummies; sheep; silkroad; taklamakan; taklamakandesert; tarimbasin; tocharian; tocharians; xinjiang
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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.

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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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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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