back to article Sniff.. Phew! WORLD'S OLDEST CHEESE discovered in Poland

Ancient cheese-making technology has been discovered in Poland - proving Man was making proto-mozzarella approximately 8,000 years ago. The find shows humans made cheese in the Neolithic Era, 3,000 years earlier than archaeologists previously thought. Traces of the world's oldest fromage were discovered by researchers from …

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"No crackers, Gromit! We've forgotten the crackers!"

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Proto-mozzarella!

Pity they did not have any proto-tomatoes to make proto insalata caprese

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Re: Proto-Mozzarella

Proto-Pizza!!!

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Re: What about knob cheese

Have a downvote, primarily because crude jokes don't work on a dark grey Friday morning.

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Re: What about knob cheese

Upvote, any time is a good time for a knob gag

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Re: What about knob gag

Now there's a mouthful...

*I'll get my coat...*

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Anonymous Coward

Re: What about knob cheese

Could've saved it until lunchtime, then he'd have got an upvote. Especially when I'm chowing down on my ploughmans...

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Re: What about knob cheese

Man has been cutting the cheese for even longer.

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8,000 years - yummy!

So the cheese should now be nice & ripe!

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"The evidence was stunning,"

I love when people keep the sense of proportions.

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Re: "The evidence was stunning,"

I agree with the boffins. Cheese news is the best news.

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Fascinating ...

Making cheese is not a walk in the park ... to discover our ancestors were up to it so long ago is incredible. The implications are astounding, since cheese making is analogous to beer (and bread) making.

The ability to adapt out environment to suit our needs is a unique trait to human species.

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Re: Fascinating ...

And viruses, don't forget those.

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Re: Fascinating ...

I think you misunderestimate our neolithic ancestors. They were pretty much the same as us - same brains, same noses, same taste buds. They almost certainly tried to store fruit and other perishable and fermentable foodstuffs in pottery vessels - thereby accidentally inventing indigestion as well.

Friday beers all round!

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Re: Fascinating ...

...thereby accidentally inventing indigestion as well.

I listened to an interview with Peter Bogucki. He said that the pots looked very much like the strainer that a friend used in making cheese. He wanted to test them for milk compounds, but the technology was not available to do so at the time.

As far as indigestion is concerned, he went on to comment that the Neolithic inventors of this technology were mostly lactose intolerant, but that the cheese-making process removes a lot of that sugar, which makes it easier to digest.

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Surely

The worlds oldest cheese is currently residing in Micheal McIntyre's repertoire?

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Re:- Sniff.. Phew! WORLD'S OLDEST CHEESE discovered in Poland...

and coming on a Domino's pizza near you soon.

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They've never looked in a student fridge then?

We used to have some that pre-dated the big bang.

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"Cracking cheese, Chimelewski!"

For all our advances.... Some things just don't change. I wonder if in 8000 years time people will still be making chiko rolls (or at least whether the same ones cooked last year will still be sitting in the window by then).

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When was the first wine?

So they could have a cheese and wine party.

More importantly, when was the first beer made?

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"Traces of milk lipids on the pottery revealed its original use"

It's not much of a cheese shop, is it?

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Re: "Traces of milk lipids on the pottery revealed its original use"

Cleanest in town sir.

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Re: "Traces of milk lipids on the pottery revealed its original use"

I just imagined John Cleese saying "Polish Proto-Mozzarella.

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Is there a chance that the thing contained milk, which over 8000 years has changed into cheese?

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"Ogg! Milk holder bad design, milk run out of holes"

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"Look like holder for apples. Put holes. Make different."

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What was that?

"Blessed are the cheesemakers!"

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Re: What was that?

Actually I think they were referring to any manufacturers of dairy products.

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Re: What was that?

Which one of you is Brian?

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Cheese

Right up there with mankind's other breakthroughs such; the use of fire, the wheel, levers, pulleys, electricity, etc

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Actually, cheese was not an important discovery

until the mid 19th century when Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre invented the camera.

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