Shipwreck yielded 340-year-old smelly cheese

Archaeologists have discovered a tin jar containing more than 300-year-old Roquefort-like cheese in a Swedish shipwreck.

According to archeologists searching for the wreckage of the Kronan, once flagship of the Swedish Royal Navy, the strange, strongly smelling find is probably a 340-year-old dairy product.

“It’s a pretty good guess that it’s some kind of dairy product, and we think it is cheese,” said Lars Einarsson, expert at the Kalmar County Museum and leader of the underwater excavation of the 126-gun Kronan. Einarsson also added that the find “looks a bit like some kind of granular Roquefort cheese”.

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