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Archaeologists discover 2,600-year-old cheese in Egypt

By T.K. Randall
September 29, 2022 · Comment icon 5 comments



Archaeologists working on the site at Saqqara. Image Credit: Facebook / Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities
Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has announced the discovery of some of the oldest cheese ever found.
If you are someone who turns their nose up at the variety of exotic cheeses found at your local supermarket, you certainly won't want to sample what archaeologists have dug up in the Saqqara necropolis near Cairo, Egypt recently.

The ancient blocks of cheese, which were found stored inside clay pots, are believed to be a type known as halloumi and date back 2,600 years to the 26th or 27th Egyptian dynasty.

Cheese was thought to have been a major part of the diet of ancient Egypt, with previously discovered evidence of cheesemaking in the region dating back as far as 5,000 years.
This particular cheese was made using a combination of goat's and sheep's milk.

The site of the find - Saqqara - once served as the necropolis for Memphis - the capital of ancient Egypt - and contains bodies interred over an extended period of more than 3,000 years.

Archaeologists who were excavating the site also uncovered a number of other pottery vessels and several artefacts inscribed with Demotic script - the same writing found on the Rosetta Stone.

Source: Yahoo! News | Comments (5)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by OverSword 2 months ago
What is this type of cheese like? Link
Comment icon #2 Posted by pallidin 2 months ago
I'd give it a taste, maybe.
Comment icon #3 Posted by equshemonius 2 months ago
I wonder how sharp the flavor is or is it so dry that you can only grate it over your pasta.
Comment icon #4 Posted by NCC1701 2 months ago
I think i'll pass this one.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats 2 months ago
They're always clearing de-brie from the tombs, aren't they?


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