Iron Age Man was Fond of Swiss Cheese too!
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