Ep. 001 – Boating with the Ubaid People

And here we go! In this first episode, we'll journey to ancient Mesopotamia and meet the Ubaid people, the first people to settle southern Mesopotamia. We'll see how the Ubaid people overcame the environment by instituting complex irrigations systems tied to the might rivers Tigris and Euphrates. We'll also see how the Ubaid people used reeds, their most abundant natural resource, to build a wide range of useful items, including houses and boats. We'll meet some modern-day descendants of the Ubaid people and see how their way of life can inform our understanding of the past. All that, and more, in Episode 001 - Boating with the Ubaid People.

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  3 comments for “Ep. 001 – Boating with the Ubaid People

  1. Jay R
    January 5, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    What an excellent lecture series! I’m looking forward to listening to them all! Truly a phenomenal job!

    • Brandon Huebner
      January 7, 2016 at 10:43 am

      Thanks so much, Jay, both for the compliments and for listening! Glad to have you aboard. I hope you find that the episodes improve over time, as well 🙂

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