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17th-century cheese recovered from shipwreck

Researchers believe that a thick, gooey substance found in a tin pot recovered from a 17th-century shipwreck might actually be a stinky cheese.

Divers excavating the royal ship Kronan in the waters off the Baltic Sea island of Öland came upon the smelly material inside a black tin jar found on the seabed this month.

“It’s a pretty good guess that it’s some kind of dairy product, and we think it is cheese,” researcher Lars Einarsson at the Kalmar County Museum told The Local on Wednesday.

“It looks a bit like some kind of granular Roquefort cheese. It’s been in the mud, so it’s reasonably well preserved, but at the same time it has been at the bottom of the sea for 340 years – we’re not talking Tutankhamun’s burial chamber,” he said.

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Story: The Local | Photo: Lars Einarsson/Kalmar County Museum

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