This pandemic-inspired podcast is bringing the ancient world of Mesopotamia back to glorious life

It started in earnest, explains curator of cuneiform collections, Jon Taylor, discussing the birth of his furlough-inspired, passion-podcast. During the summer of 2020, as Britain and other corners of the globe sank into lockdown, the Thin Edge of the Wedge (TEW) podcast — an Aladdin’s Cave of all-things Mesopotamian — was born. “It’s basically just me,” Taylor jokes, beneath my crackling phone-line, describing a one-man-led production, headquartered in his back room, managed on a shoestring budget. The series boasts a growing audio library of episodes covering a wide gamut of subjects; kings …

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