How to Make Prehistoric Cheese: Discovery Zone, Festival of Ideas

Activity: OtherPublic engagement and outreach (general)


Early European farmers had a ready supply of milk, but ancient DNA tells us that they could not digest it. For them drinking milk led to unpleasant symptoms and digestive problems. To overcome the side-effects of drinking milk, early farmers processed it into cheese. Come along and experiment with making cheese, using the prehistoric technologies they used and find out why the ‘Palaeodiet’ is a modern myth.

This event by researchers from the University of York’s Department of Archaeology is part of the AHRC- funded Counter Culture project. Find at more at or watch a video of ‘Neolithic’ cheese for Stonehenge here.

Number of people visited: 796 (Katherine Leech)
Period1 Jun 2018
Event titleYork Festival of Ideas
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionRegional