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Fat Found in Iceman Mummy’s Stomach may be Ancient Cheese


The 5,000-year-old Iceman mummy from South Tyrolean, affectionately named Oetzi, is offering many interesting discoveries. The latest of these is the fat found in his stomach–which scientists believe may be cheese, making this product about 1,500 years older than it was previously thought to be.

Only last week, scientists pushed the oldest-cheese record back to about 1615 BC, based on kefir cheese discovered among mummified bodies in China’s Taklamakan Desert.

If the Iceman ate cheese, that would take the food’s history back another 1,500 years. The Iceman lived between 3350 and 3100 BC.

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Julia Domenicucci

Julia Domenicucci is an online editorial intern for culture who loves to try new foods almost as much as she loves trying new books. Born just outside of Boston and now attending school in the heart of it, Julia has come to really love the city, its art museums, and all the restaurants in the North End.