Cuneiform IV: The Great Sumerian Bake-off

Cooks, brewers, and foodies: you’re going to love this. We went all out and cooked up a real seven-course meal of Sumerian dishes, and brewed actual Sumerian beer! Sample the world’s oldest cuisine with us. Featuring extra-special co-host Rachel!

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Co-hosts: Nick, Anna, and Rachel

Time/place: Ancient Sumer, c. 3000 BCE

Dead Idea: Cuneiform

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A Map of Ancient Sumer, c. 3000 BCE, by Adam McKithern

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Maps, pics, references, and more at http://www.deadideas.net. Music and graphic design by Rachel Westhoff. Map by Adam McKithern.

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