Iron Age Man was Fond of Swiss Cheese too!

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Swiss cheese-mak­ing dates back to prehistoric times, ac­cord­ing to a new study that looked at the com­po­si­tion of residues left on frag­ments of Iron Age ce­ramic pots found in the Alps. The shards of pot­tery were known to date from Ne­olithic times to the Iron Age, re­searchers said. Re­searchers led by New­cas­tle Univer­sity and Univer­sity of York in the UK found that the residue on frag­ments from the 1st mil­len­nium BC – the Iron Age – had the same chem­i­cal sig­na­tures as­so­ci­ated with heat­ing milk from an­i­mals such as cows, sheep and goats, as part of the cheese­mak­ing process. The ce­ramic frag­ments ex­am­ined as part of the study were found in the ru­ins of stone build­ings sim­i­lar to those used by mod­ern alpine dairy man­agers for cheese pro­duc­tion dur­ing the sum­mer months. PTI

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