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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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July 31st 2013:“Miller Time in Ancient Mesopotamia”: The origins of beer brewing in the Cradle of Civilization

Mesopotamia, known as the cradle of civilization, has long been the focus of archaeologists studying the origins of domestication and farming. The latest in food based studies in this area (contemporary southern Iraq), centers on a unique project that merges some of the earliest Bronze Age texts with advanced geochemical techniques and residue studies to examine the origins of beer brewing. The project was initiated by several graduate students at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, together with the owner of the Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland. While this study is sure to

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Tate Paulette

Tate Paulette is an archaeologist, specializing in Mesopotamia and the ancient Near East. His research revolves around the themes of risk, power, and inequality, with a particular focus on agricultural practices, human-environment dynamics, and gastro-politics. As an undergraduate, he studied Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh, and he is now a PhD Candidate in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. His doctoral dissertation is a study of grain storage practices in Early Bronze Age (3000-2000 BC) Mesopotamia. He has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Cyprus, Scotland, and the United States. His current res
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