Old Cheese

Earlier this month researchers from the University of Bristol released findings on some very old cheese. Specifically; ancient tools used to make cheese; in Poland of all places. Pottery fragments full of small holes were analyzed and determined to be sieves used for cheese making. Dating back 7000 years, we now have scientific proof of the worlds first cheese. Similar pottery found in Turkey and Libya is suspected to be as old, but has not been tested.

“So what” you ask?

For starters; I love anything that ruffles the feathers of main stream historians. I see history as something fluid, with no beginning and no end,  expanding for eternity. History can’t be set in stone, or viewed as anything other than a riddle. To discover prehistory man, making cheese in Poland thousands of years before the pyramids, makes me giddy. This is land locked northern Europe. Hardly a truck stop on any trade route, or basking in Mediterranean sun; thought to be an outpost for barbaric hunter gatherers.

Ponder ancient Polish cheese makers; their ingenuity contradicts text book history in every way.


A sieve fragment from a clay pit in north-central Poland which was submitted to lipid residue analyses. (Credit: Image by Mélanie Salque)

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