Then they used state-of-the-art scanning techniques known as liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry.
The study found signs of bacteria potentially causing the deadly disease brucellosis, caught through the ingestion of unpasteurized dairy products. If confirmed, it would be "the first biomolecular direct evidence" of the disease's existence during the pharaonic period, according to the study.
Should archeologists unearth ancient crackers that'll pair well with sarcophagus juice and diseased cheese, all we'll need is a ouija board for the ultimate cursed game night.
The tomb of the Memphis city official was found to contain murals showing various barter scenes featuring cheese, a product that had a medicinal use in ancient times. In one of the jars a "solidified whitish mass" was found together with a canvas fabric that may well have been once used to cover the jar's contents.
"The material analyzed in this study is probably the most ancient archaeological solid residue of cheese ever found to date".
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Archaeologists have just discovered the most ancient and intact cheese that has ever been found anywhere in the world, and it was recovered from the Egyptian tomb of Ptahmes, the mayor of Memphis, after being left there 3,200 years ago.
Dr Greco said: "The interactions for thousands of years with the strong alkaline environment of the incorporating soil rich in sodium carbonate and the desertic conditions did not prevent the identification of specific peptide markers which showed high stability under these stressing conditions". "The constituting material was a dairy product obtained by mixing sheep or goat and cow milk".
As Dr. Greco further stated, the cheese found in the Egyptian tomb will undoubtedly remain the oldest cheese in the world, possibly forever.
Researchers from the University of Catania in Italy and Cairo University in Egypt stumbled upon the cache during an excavation mission in 2013-14.
The characteristics of the cloth indicate it was suitable for keeping a solid rather than a liquid.
"The sample was accurately collected in order to avoid any kind of contamination". It is also thought that cheese was included in feasts buried alongside wealthy Egyptians.