Eric Cline excavating at Megiddo
To really understand field archaeology, it helps to know the basics: where to dig, how to determine the age of discovered objects, and who gets to keep them. Apart from pictures taken at archaeological digs, it is hard for the average person to really grasp what such an endeavor involves. As a field archaeologist, Eric Cline has spent more than 30 seasons trying to find what lurks beneath, using his expertise in the history, science, and technology of archaeology. Citing examples that range from Otzi the Iceman, a 5,300 year-old corpse dug up in the Alps to the thousands of Terracotta Warriors uncovered in China, he shares the secrets of a field archaeologist and how technology is helping to transform the process.
Cline’s book Three Stones Make a Wall (Princeton University Press) is available for sale and signing.
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