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People want to eat the world's oldest piece of cheese

Independent Online (IOL) logo Independent Online (IOL) 2018-08-20 Nathan Adams
a close up of a rock: The cheese found in a tomb in Egypt. Picture supplied by the University of Catania and Cairo University for The New York Times. © Provided by Independent Media The cheese found in a tomb in Egypt. Picture supplied by the University of Catania and Cairo University for The New York Times.

You would have to be a very serious cheese lover to take a bite of this cheese!

The New York Times reports: "archaeologists cleaning sand from an ancient Egyptian tomb discovered a group of broken jars, one of them containing a mysterious white substance." 

"The team had guesses as to what the material might be, but a new analysis published in the journal Analytical Chemistry offers an answer: What they found during that excavation was an approximately 3,200-year-old piece of cheese, one of the oldest solid specimens discovered," according to the report.

The cheese was found in what is believed to be the tomb of Ptahmes, a high-ranking Egyptian official in the 13th century B.C.

It was most likely chevre, a type of goats cheese which is really acidic.

And even after years and years of maturation and the possibility of it being poisonous; there are still some people who (hopefully) jokingly say they would eat the cheese.

You'd have to be very brave to take a bite out of this cheese. 

Preliminary analysis has reportedly found that in the cheese there is a bacteria that causes brucellosis, an infectious disease that can cause fevers, headaches and muscle pain.

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