For the first blog post in our month-long exploration of “east” and “west,” Jessica Nowlin explores the history of the term “orientalization” in Italy, and how abandoning the term could change how we conceive of the ancient Mediterranean as a whole.
Today for our undead in the classical world blog series, Assyriologist JoAnn Scurlock discusses attitudes surrounding death, burial and funerals, the afterlife, and ghosts in ancient Mesopotamia.
Continuing with our undead in the classical world blog series, this week archaeologist and Badè Museum curator Melissa Cradic guides us through the complexities of excavating ancient graves, and relationships between the living and the disembodied dead in the ancient near east.
On this episode of the Peopling the Past podcast, we are joined by Dr. Stephanie Budin, who speaks to us about the free women of ancient Mesopotamia who were able to escape the bounds of patriarchal society, and were living a sexually liberated life, under their own authority.
In the third installment of our food-and-drink-themed blog series, we explore the work of Tate Paulette, an archaeologist whose recent work has been focused on Mesopotamian beer brewing, and engaging with the public by way of beer-tasting events!
To start off the new year, Peopling the Past brings you another Unknown Peoples blog post. This week we are featuring the work of Daniel Calderbank, an archaeologist and ceramicist who gives us a fascinating look into Sealand, a wetland territory which was home to several important ancient cities such as Ur, Uruk, Larsa, and Lagash.
In our final instalment of the Monsters and Demons series, we interview Megan Lewis, one of the founders of the Digital Hammurabi Project, on her interest in Mesopotamian monsters and why we find them so fascinating.
In the first instalment of our “Unknown Peoples” series, Steve Renette, Killam Postdoctoral Fellow at UBC, outlines the history of scholarly approaches to studying the “Mountain Peoples” of the Zagros. He explores how attitudes towards these Mountain Peoples have changed over time, and how his own fieldwork in this region is uncovering previously misunderstood lifeways of these peoples.
In the next of our Halloween-themed blog posts, we examine the widely misunderstood practice of human sacrifice throughout human history!
In this next scare-tacular blog post we examine curses in the Ancient Mediterranean. From mummies and tomb curses to spurned lovers and romantic rivals, curses could be used to harm and to protect.