Eric H. Cline

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Excavating at Megiddo

Eric H. Cline (born September 1, 1960) is an author, historian, archaeologist, and professor of ancient history and archaeology at The George Washington University (GWU) in Washington DC, where he is Professor of Classics and Anthropology and the former Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations,[1] as well as Director of the GWU Capitol Archaeological Institute.[2] He is also the advisor for the undergraduate archaeology majors, for which he was awarded the GWU Award for "Excellence in Undergraduate Departmental Advising" (2006).[1] As of 1 July 2014, Cline is co-editor of the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research along with Christopher Rollston.[3]

Background[edit]

Cline received his B.A. in Classical Archaeology at Dartmouth College in 1982 and his M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures at Yale University in 1984. He was awarded a Fulbright scholarship (Greece) in 1989 and in 1991 received his Ph.D. in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania. He has served as a Trustee and Board Member (in addition to holding various other offices) for both the Archaeological Institute of America and the American Schools of Oriental Research.[1]

Field work[edit]

Cline is an active field archaeologist with 30 seasons of excavation and survey experience in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Crete, and the United States, including ten seasons at the site of Megiddo (biblical Armageddon) in Israel, where he is Co-Director with Israel Finkelstein of Tel Aviv University.[1][4] He is also Co-Director, with Assaf Yasur-Landau of the University of Haifa, of the renewed excavations at Tel Kabri, Israel, which have been conducted since 2005.[5] Recent discoveries by Prof. Cline and his team include the Near East's oldest wine cellar.[6]

Selected awards and recognition[edit]

Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize (2014) and a three-time winner of the Biblical Archaeology Society's "Best Popular Book on Archaeology" Award (2001, 2009, and 2011),[7] Cline has also won both national and local teaching awards, including the national "Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching" Award from the Archaeological Institute of America (2005) and the GWU "Morton Bender Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching" Award (2004).[1] He has also won the two highest awards given at GWU: one for teaching, the "Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Award for Teaching Excellence" (2012),[8] and the other for scholarly research, the "Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Award for Faculty Scholarship" (2011).[9] He is the first faculty member in GWU history to have won both awards. He has been nominated three times for the CASE US Professor of the Year (2008, 2009, and 2012).

Selected publications (books)[edit]

Cline is the author or editor of 16 books and nearly 100 articles,[1] including:

  • Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: International Trade and the Late Bronze Age Aegean (1994; reprinted 2009), ISBN 0-86054-765-5
  • The Aegean and the Orient in the Second Millennium. Proceedings of the 50th Anniversary Symposium, Cincinnati, 18–20 April 1997 (1998), edited with Diane Harris-Cline (out of print, but available for free download)
  • Amenhotep III: Perspectives on His Reign (1998), edited with David B. O'Connor, ISBN 0-472-10742-9
  • The Battles of Armageddon: Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear Age (2000), ISBN 0-472-09739-3 (Winner, 2001 Biblical Archaeology Society "Best Popular Book on Archaeology")[7]
  • Jerusalem Besieged: From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel (2004), ISBN 0-472-11313-5
  • The Ancient Egyptian World (2005), written with Jill Rubalcaba, ISBN 978-0-19-517391-8
  • Thutmose III: A New Biography (2005), edited with David B. O'Connor, ISBN 0-472-11467-0
  • From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible (2007), ISBN 1-4262-0084-6 (Winner, 2009 Biblical Archaeology Society "Best Popular Book on Archaeology")[7]
  • Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction (2009), ISBN 0-19-534263-1 (Winner, 2011 Biblical Archaeology Society "Best Popular Book on Archaeology")[7]
  • The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean (2010), ISBN 978-0-19-536550-4
  • Digging for Troy: From Homer to Hisarlik (2011), written with Jill Rubalcaba, ISBN 978-1-58089-327-5
  • Ancient Empires: Formation and Resistance in the Near Eastern, Greco-Roman, and Early Muslim Worlds (2011), written with Mark W. Graham, ISBN 0-521-71780-9
  • The Ahhiyawa Texts (2011), written with Gary Beckman and Trevor Bryce, ISBN 1-58983-268-X
  • Ramesses III: The Life and Times of Egypt’s Last Hero (2012), edited with David B. O'Connor, ISBN 0-472-11760-2
  • The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction (2013), ISBN 0-199-76027-6 [10]
  • 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (2014), Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-14089-6

Selected television appearances[edit]

Cline has appeared in numerous television documentaries for ABC News, the National Geographic Channel, the Discovery Channel, the BBC, PBS, and the History Channel.[1]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Eric H. Cline". Faculty page. Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations - The George Washington University. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "People". Official website. GWU Capitol Archaeological Institute. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "New Co-Editors of BASOR: Eric Cline and Christopher Rollston". The American Schools of Oriental Research. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "The Megiddo Expedition". Front Page. The Tel Aviv University. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  5. ^ "Staff". Dig Tel Kabri 2013. The George Washington University and University of Haifa through WordPress. Retrieved 28 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Found: The Near East's Oldest Wine Cellar?". 22 November 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Dr. Eric Cline Wins 2011 Biblical Archaeology Society Publication Award - Best Popular Book on Archaeology". GW Anthropology Blog. August 10, 2011. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Meet the 2011-2012 Teaching Award Winners" (Press release). Teaching & Learning Collaborative® of The George Washington University. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Professor Eric Cline Receives 2011 Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Faculty Scholarship". GW Anthropology. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "Amazon page". Retrieved March 2, 2013.