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Getty | Mesopotamia: Civilization Begins (w/Beer)

July 24, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join archaeologist Tate Paulette in a journey back in time to Mesopotamia, one of the world’s first great beer cultures. Using cuneiform texts, and artistic and archaeological evidence, Paulette explores how Mesopotamians brewed their beer and enjoyed drinking in taverns, on the job, and at feasts and festivals. Along the way, he introduces a variety of colorful characters, from professional brewers to home-brewers, and from drunken deities to the upper crust who sipped their beer through long straws. He ends with recent efforts to recreate Mesopotamian brews.
Free | Advance sign-up required
Image: Plaque depicting a banquet scene, Mesopotamian, about 2600 BC to 2350 BC. Limestone. Courtesy of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago.