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New study of 2,600-year-old poop suggests Iron Age miners drank beer and ate blue cheese

An illustrated scene of the Hallstatt salt mountain in the early Iron Age. Reschreiter_Groebner/NHM Scientists analyzed the DNA in an ancient European salt miner's poop from some 2,600 years ago. They found the feces contained microbes consistent with the production of beer and blue cheese. Salt miners were previously thought to mostly eat gruel. The finding suggests they were more sophisticated. A new study of 2,600-year-old feces from an Iron Age salt miner suggested that workers at ...
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What The Diet Of A 5,300-Year-Old 'Iceman' Says About Ancient Europeans

NPR's Ailsa Chang talks with Frank Maixner about how scientists uncovered the last meal of a frozen hunter who died 5,300 years ago in the Alps. The stomach contents of the man show what ancient Europeans ate.
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Iceman Ötzi's stomach bacteria 'rewrite the textbooks' – video

Frank Maixner, a microbiologist at the Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Italy, explains the significance of the gut microbes of the Ötzi the Iceman, a 5,300-year-old mummy found frozen in a European glacier in 1991. When they tested the contents of his stomach, scientists found Helicobacter pylori, an age-old bacterium that evolved differently according geographic region Continue reading...
Tags: Italy, Helicobacter pylori, Frank Maixner, Institute for Mummies