Remains of cheese were found in the ceramic pots on the territory of Croatia.
A group of archaeologists from the UK, USA and Croatia during the excavations of the Neolithic sites on the Dalmatian coast have discovered ceramic pots, in which were found the remains of the cheese, the age of which is estimated at 7,200 years.
It is noted that archaeological evidence suggests that people lived on this lot, began to grow crops and raise cattle eight thousand years ago. Of the vessels that were found in the Parking lot, the researchers attributed to the impresso – decorative style of the Neolithic, which was spoken from Adriatic sea to the Atlantic coast. Its characteristic feature are the imprints on ceramics shells of the mollusk Cerastoderma edule.
On the surface of the vessels were found traces of organic substances. The isotopic analysis showed that the pots were used to store dairy products, particularly cheese and yogurt. Some vessels were also found round holes, which supposedly testified to the fact that these vessels were used in the process of making cheese.
The researchers were able to establish that the age of the cheese is approximately 7200 years, making it the oldest known cheeses.
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