Eric H. Cline
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 Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, as well as Director of the GWU Capitol Archaeological Institute. 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). As of 1 July 2014, Cline is co-editor of the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research along with Christopher Rollston.
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.
Cline is an active field archaeologist with 29 seasons of excavation and survey experience in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Crete, and the United States, including nine seasons at the site of Megiddo (biblical Armageddon) in Israel, where he is Co-Director with Israel Finkelstein of Tel Aviv University. 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. Recent discoveries by Prof. Cline and his team include the Near East's oldest wine cellar.
Selected awards and recognition
A three-time winner of the Biblical Archaeology Society's "Best Popular Book on Archaeology" Award (2001, 2009, and 2011) and a popular lecturer, 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), as well as, most recently, the two highest awards given at GWU: one for teaching, the "Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Award for Teaching Excellence" (2012), and the other for scholarly research, the "Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Award for Faculty Scholarship" (2011). 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)
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Cline is the author or editor of 16 books and nearly 100 articles, including:
- 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (2014), Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-14089-6
- The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction (2013), ISBN 0-199-76027-6 
- Ramesses III: The Life and Times of Egypt’s Last Hero (2012), edited with David B. O'Connor, ISBN 0-472-11760-2
- The Ahhiyawa Texts (2011), written with Gary Beckman and Trevor Bryce, ISBN 1-58983-268-X
- 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
- Digging for Troy: From Homer to Hisarlik (2011), written with Jill Rubalcaba, ISBN 978-1-58089-327-5
- The Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean (2010), ISBN 978-0-19-536550-4
- Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction (2009), ISBN 0-19-534263-1 (Winner, 2011 Biblical Archaeology Society "Best Popular Book on Archaeology")
- 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")
- Thutmose III: A New Biography (2005), edited with David B. O'Connor, ISBN 0-472-11467-0
- The Ancient Egyptian World (2005), written with Jill Rubalcaba, ISBN 978-0-19-517391-8
- Jerusalem Besieged: From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel (2004), ISBN 0-472-11313-5
- 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")
- Amenhotep III: Perspectives on His Reign (1998), edited with David B. O'Connor, ISBN 0-472-10742-9
- 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)
- Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: International Trade and the Late Bronze Age Aegean (1994; reprinted 2009), ISBN 0-86054-765-5
Selected television appearances
- Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour (ABC News): Garden of Eden, Biblical Noah's Ark Replica Sails in the Netherlands, Searching for Noah's Ark, Joshua and Conquest of Canaan, David, the Bible's First Real Hero, Search for the Ark of the Covenant
- King Solomon's Mines (National Geographic Channel)
- Biblical Plagues (National Geographic Channel)
- Jerusalem: Center of the World (PBS)
- Countdown to Armageddon (History Channel)
- Mysteries/Science of the Bible (National Geographic Channel): Ark of the Covenant, Exodus Revealed, Lost Cities, Secrets of Revelation, Noah's Ark, and Lost Kings of the Bible (David and Solomon)
- Secrets of the Aegean Apocalypse (Mystery of the Sea Peoples) (History Channel)
- Is It Real: Atlantis (National Geographic Channel)
- The Truth of Troy (BBC)
- Joshua and the Battle of Jericho (Discovery Channel)
- Time Titans (Pilot Episode, did not air) (History Channel)
- Cline's website at The George Washington University
- Cline's page at Academia.edu, with links to many of his uploaded articles
- Cline's "Last Lecture" talk, captured on video and uploaded
- The GWU Capitol Archaeological Institute website
- Tel Kabri 2013 project website
- The Megiddo Expedition website at Tel Aviv University
- Minerva Magazine - News: article on Middle Bronze Age excavation at Tel Kabri, Israel jointly directed by Cline
- press release from Haifa University on Minoan painted plaster found at Tel Kabri, Israel
- "Eric H. Cline". Faculty page. Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations - The George Washington University. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
- "People". Official website. GWU Capitol Archaeological Institute. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
- "New Co-Editors of BASOR: Eric Cline and Christopher Rollston". The American Schools of Oriental Research. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
- "The Megiddo Expedition". Front Page. The Tel Aviv University. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
- "Staff". Dig Tel Kabri 2013. The George Washington University and University of Haifa through WordPress. Retrieved 28 February 2013.
- "Found: The Near East's Oldest Wine Cellar?". 22 November 2013.
- "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.
- "Meet the 2011-2012 Teaching Award Winners" (Press release). Teaching & Learning Collaborative® of The George Washington University. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
- "Professor Eric Cline Receives 2011 Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Faculty Scholarship". GW Anthropology. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2011.
- "Amazon page". Retrieved March 2, 2013.