Wonderful wedges

If you enjoy Thin End of the Wedge, why not explore the wonderful world of the ancient Middle East a bit more? I’ve gathered some useful links to help you find quality content.


There’s more

There are other reliable sources of information about the ancient Middle East out there.

  • The International Association for Assyriology: an international scholarly organisation. Their site contains links to many useful resources. You might like their regular newsletter Mar Shiprim (“the messenger”), which contains interviews with specialists and a look at projects, events and institutions around the world.
  • Digital Hammurabi: digital channel run by Megan Lewis and Dr Josh Bowen. They offer a mix of their own knowledge and interviews with subject specialists. Available on YouTube and as a podcast.
  • Fall of Civilizations: a researched podcast run by Paul Cooper. Episode 8 discusses the Sumerians.
  • The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago: YouTube channel with lots of excellent talks. You can find more online talks listed by the IAA here.
  • The Nahrein Network has a podcast with relevant episodes, many by Iraqi experts.
  • The British Institute for the Study of Iraq posts recordings of lectures.


Not all non-factual videos or news stories are misleading. This section lists some artistic works designed to educate and/or entertain. I love these.

  • The Onion: this satirical “news” outlet regularly publishes stories based loosely on the ancient Middle East. They are intended to be funny, not educational.
  • Ancient Mesopotamia song, by Mr Nicky: an educational song (and video), parodying “Crank That” by Soulja Boy. Mr Nicky is a professional who specialises in teaching school age children how to make such videos.
  • The Mesopotamia Song, by Jam Campus: an educational song (and video), parodying the song “Disturbia” by Rihanna.
  • If you like those, you might also enjoy the Hammurabis Codes of Law Song – Poker Face Parody by The Singing History Teachers.
  • The Mesopotamians: a song by They Might Be Giants: not educational and not a parody, but intended to be fun. Even more loosely related to ancient Mesopotamia is Mesopotamia, by the B52s.

Social media

You can find some experts and organisations on social media platforms.