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December 13 2012

Art of cheese-making is 7,500 years old


Neolithic pottery fragments from Europe reveal traces of milk fats.

Traces of dairy fat in ancient ceramic fragments suggest that people have been making cheese in Europe for up to 7,500 years. In the tough days before refrigerators, early dairy farmers probably devised cheese-making as a way to preserve, and get the best use out of, milk from the cattle that they had begun to herd.

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