Musings of an autodidact

Ancient History

The Origins of Civilization

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Material culture in brief


Podcast: Boating with the Ubaid people

An interesting look at one particular aspect of Ubaid culture, one principally found on the western shore of the Persian Gulf. While the Ubaid people have their predecessors, it was they who appear to have first occupied southern Mesopotamia near to the gulf. Among many innovations, such as their irrigation canals, were reed boats.


A phoenix from the ashes: Oppenheim’s legacy at Pergamon Museum


Beer quite possibly a key cause of civilization

Archaeology300As Paul Ratner at Big Think puts it, “Patrick McGovern, a biomolecular archaeologist at the University of Pennsylvania, has one of the coolest jobs in the world.”

Yes. Yes he does. (more…)


All the history and some of the future in less than 10 minutes

An excellent visualization!


Eridu: the first city – a nicely detailed podcast on its history and context