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Unearthing History at Armageddon

Evening Program with Book Signing

Monday, April 6, 2020 - 6:45 p.m.
Code: 1H0504

Archaeological remains in Tel Megiddo

The ancient mound at Megiddo—also known as Armageddon—is key to unlocking biblical archaeology. From 1925 until 1939, archaeologists from the University of Chicago made stunning discoveries at this site that transformed our understanding of the ancient world.

Their expeditions made headlines around the world, unearthing biblical-era monuments including gates, palaces, stables, and temples, along with gold and ivory treasures. The discoveries raised new debates about how life was lived under ancient Israelite kings.

Eric Cline, a professor of classics and anthropology and director of George Washington University’s Capitol Archaeological Institute—who also dug at Megiddo in more recent times—draws on archival records left by the participants to present a portrait of a bygone age of archaeology.

He sets the expedition against the backdrop of the Great Depression and growing troubles and tensions in Palestine during the British Mandate, and discusses the infighting that roiled the expedition as well as its significance in expanding the scope of knowledge in biblical archaeology.

Cline’s book: Digging Up Armageddon: The Search for the Lost City of Solomon (Princeton University Press) is available for sale and signing.

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)