You would have to be a very serious cheese lover to take a bite of this cheese!
The New York Times reports: "archaeologists cleaning sand from an ancient Egyptian tomb discovered a group of broken jars, one of them containing a mysterious white substance."
"The team had guesses as to what the material might be, but a new analysis published in the journal Analytical Chemistry offers an answer: What they found during that excavation was an approximately 3,200-year-old piece of cheese, one of the oldest solid specimens discovered," according to the report.
The cheese was found in what is believed to be the tomb of Ptahmes, a high-ranking Egyptian official in the 13th century B.C.
It was most likely chevre, a type of goats cheese which is really acidic.
And even after years and years of maturation and the possibility of it being poisonous; there are still some people who (hopefully) jokingly say they would eat the cheese.
LET US PAIR IT WITH A GLASS OF SARCOPHAGUS RED AND FEEL WHAT IT IS TO TRULY LIVE FOR ONCE YOU COWARDS https://t.co/w10rECTP5d— Johnny Chiodini (@johnneh) August 17, 2018
Don’t care. Still eating it. https://t.co/XOs2sEPBjk— Jake Vig (@Jake_Vig) August 17, 2018
Is it time to stop opening Egyptian Tombs https://t.co/QscFaERcAd— Upulie Divisekera (@upulie) August 17, 2018
You'd have to be very brave to take a bite out of this cheese.
Preliminary analysis has reportedly found that in the cheese there is a bacteria that causes brucellosis, an infectious disease that can cause fevers, headaches and muscle pain.