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World’s oldest cheese discovered in ancient Egyptian tomb

File photo of the collapsed pyramid of Pharaoh Unas at Saqqara – the tomb of Ptahmes is located in the vicinity of the pyramid (iStock)

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This may not exactly be one for the connoisseurs, but archaeologists in Egypt say they have found the oldest solid cheese.

The old cheese, which is around 3,300 years old, was found in the tomb of Ptahmes, the mayor of the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis. Researchers from the Italian Ministry of Education, universities and Research, the Italian Catania University and Cairo University in Egypt worked on the project, studying the broken pots at the site.

“One jar contained a solid white mass, as well as canvas substance that may be under the pot, or was used for the preservation of the content,” said the researchers in a statement. “After the dissolution of the sample, the researchers purified protein components and analyzed with liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry. The peptides detected by these techniques demonstrate the sample is a dairy product, made from cow’s and sheep’s or goat’s milk.”

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The research was published in the American Chemical Society’s journal Analytical Chemistry.

The canvas lining seems to be more suitable for containing a solid, unlike a liquid. “Other proteins in the food sample suggest that it was contaminated with Brucella melitensis, a bacterium that causes brucellosis,” the researchers added. “This potentially deadly disease spreads from animals to people, usually by eating unpasteurized dairy products.”

Ancient Egypt continues to reveal her secrets. A mummy buried in the South of Egypt more than 5000 years ago, for example, has recently unveiled the horrifying secrets, shedding new light on the prehistoric embalming practices. A mysterious sphinx, for example, it has been discovered during road works in the Egyptian city of Luxor.

Archaeologists recently opened a ‘cursed’ ancient black granite sarcophagus. In a separate project, experts also unearthed a 2,200 year old gold coin with the effigy of the old King Ptolemy III, an ancestor of the famous Cleopatra.

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Experts in the South of Egypt recently discovered a very rare marble head depicting the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius.

In addition, experts in Australia found the battered remains of an ancient priestess in a 2500 year-old Egyptian coffin that was long thought to be empty.

On the other side of the world, a rare ancient artifact effigy of the famous female pharaoh Hatshepsut to the surface in the united kingdom a Wonderful new research also claims that King Tutankhamun may have been a child soldier, which he called the theory he was weak and sickly youth to his mysterious death at around the age of 18 years.

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Experts in the united kingdom also found the world’s oldest figurative tattoos on two ancient Egyptian mummies recently, one of the oldest tattooed woman that has ever been discovered.

Other recent finds include an ancient cemetery in Egypt with more than 40 mummies and a chain with a ‘ message from the hereafter.” An old statue of a Nubian king with an inscription written in Egyptian hieroglyphs was also found at a River temple in Sudan.

Scientists also believe that she may have been the secret of the Great Pyramid near-perfect alignment. Experts are also confident that they have solved the ancient mystery of the screaming mummy.”

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In February, archaeologists announced the discovery of a 4,400-year-old tomb near the pyramids. At the end of last year by archaeologists revealed that they had discovered the graves of four children, on an ancient site in Egypt.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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