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Archaeologists Find 3,200 Year Old Cheese With Highly Infectious Disease

Photo Courtesy of the University of Catania and Cairo University

If you’re such a cheese lover that you’d want to get buried with it, you have something in common with a 3,200 year old Egyptian chief.

Some tomb raiders (archaeologists) dug up the tomb of an Egyptian mayor known as Pthames in 2010, and as the researchers uncovered things about the old high ranking official, they recently found a jar filled with a white substance that was identified as cheese, with the findings  published to the journal of Analytical Chemistry.

Researchers knew it was some sort of food, and eventually discovered it to be a cheese made of both sheep and goat’s milk.

Ironically enough, they also might have found a dairy-based bacteria that causes a deadly infection called brucellosis. If confirmed, they might have inadvertently found a 3,000 year old form of food poisoning, pre-Chipotle. While rare, brucellosis is still an active disease that causes fever, anorexia, pain in muscles and joints, lasting from weeks to several months. Hell, the brucellus bacteria was even weaponized after World War II, when the U.S. tested forms of biological weapons.

While researchers continue to uncover more from the tomb of Pthames, at least we know this old cheese will make for a good trivia question. We can only hope that the findings make their way to the forthcoming billion dollar, 5.2 million square-foot Grand Egyptian Museum, so we can someday take a look at the cheesy discovery ourselves.


Egyptian Zoo Under Fire Over Animal Cannibalism Claim


Animals in an Egyptian zoo are making headlines after a photograph of a baboon was shared through social media. According to The Cairo Post, an African baboon at a zoo in the Al Sharqia governorate was shown cannibalized by its cage mates.

A post by Miss Asmaa in the Save an Innocent Animal Soul Facebook page says that the animals in the zoo are either dying of extreme hunger or resorting to cannibalism to survive.


The Zakazik Zoo director has since denied these claims stating that the baboon was injured in a rampage because his wife abandoned him to take care of their newborn baby. The baboon has since been isolated.

While it’s mostly he said/she said the photo does raise concerns over the well-being of zoo animals in the country.

In 2004, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums took the certification from the Giza Zoo due to animal welfare problems.

Regardless, those injuries to the baboon should have been treated immediately if that were the case.

Photo: Miss Asmaa/CairoPost


Video of the Day: Egyptian McDonald's Commercial

It’s not in English, but we get the picture.