Dr. Eric H. Cline is Professor of Classics and Anthropology, former Chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and current Director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute at The George Washington University, in Washington DC. A Fulbright scholar, National Geographic Explorer, Getty Scholar, and NEH Public Scholar, Dr. Cline holds degrees in Classical Archaeology (BA, Dartmouth 1982), Near Eastern Archaeology (MA, Yale 1984), and Ancient History (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 1991). In addition, he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree (honoris causa) from Muhlenberg College in 2015.
At GW, Dr. Cline has won the Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence (2012) as well as the Trachtenberg Prize for Faculty Scholarship (2011), the two highest honors at the University; he is the first faculty member to have won both awards. An active field archaeologist, he has excavated and surveyed in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Crete, and the United States for more than 30 seasons since 1980. He has been the Co-Director of the excavations at Tel Kabri in Israel since 2005 and was also Co-Director of the excavations at Megiddo (biblical Armageddon) from which he retired after the 2014 season, having worked there for ten seasons over a period of twenty years.
Dr. Cline has authored, co-authored, or edited a total of 20 books to date, with others in progress or in press. Many have been translated, into more than 19 languages, including French, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Greek, Turkish, Korean, Chinese (both Simplified and Complex), Japanese, Russian, Czech, Serbian, Bulgarian, and Hungarian. Six of them have won awards, including the Biblical Archaeology Society's "Best Popular Book on Archaeology" award in 2001, 2009, and 2011; the American Schools of Oriental Research’s “Nancy Lapp Award for Best Popular Book” in 2014 and 2018; and the American Schools of Oriental Research’s "G. Ernest Wright Award for Best Scholarly Publication" in 2019. His book 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed (published by Princeton University Press), which is an international best-seller, was considered for a 2015 Pulitzer Prize and has been or is being translated into a total of at least sixteen different languages. His most recent books are Three Stones Make a Wall: The Story of Archaeology, published in March 2017; Digging Up Armageddon: the Search for the Lost City of Solomon, published in March 2020; Digging Deeper: How Archaeology Works, published in November 2020; and a revised and updated edition of 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed, published in February 2021 (all from Princeton University Press). In addition, he has also authored or co-authored nearly 130 academic articles and 30 book reviews, which have been published in peer-reviewed journals, festschriften, and conference volumes.
Dr. Cline has presented more than 350 scholarly and public lectures and presentations on his work to a wide variety of audiences both nationally and internationally, including at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Explorers Club in New York, the Getty Villa and Skirball Museum in Los Angeles, and at more than 70 colleges and universities. He has also appeared in more than twenty television programs and documentaries, ranging from ABC (including Nightline and Good Morning America) to the BBC and the National Geographic, History, and Discovery Channels.