How long has mold been around?
Mold has been around for a very long time. In fact, the very
first recorded mention of mold is in the Bible: Leviticus 13 and
14. If someone told the priest that they had seen something that
looked like mildew, the priest would act like a
modern day home inspector and order the house to be emptied and
then examine the walls. If mildew was found, he ordered the
contaminated stones to be torn out and the inside walls were
scraped clean. The old stones were replaced with new ones, the
house re-plastered and monitored for re-growth: not extremely
different from the process today.
Interestingly, mold may also have been responsible for other
historic events such as the Salem witch trials, the Irish potato
famine, and the curse of the mummy's tombs.