Research Programs: Public Scholars

Period of Performance

12/1/2015 - 5/31/2016

Funding Totals

$25,200.00 (approved)
$25,200.00 (awarded)

Digging up Armageddon: The Story of Biblical Megiddo from Canaanites to Christians

FAIN: FZ-230918-15

Eric Cline
George Washington University (Washington, DC 20052-0001)

A book-length study of the archaeology and history of ancient Megiddo in northern Israel, the site referred to as Armageddon in the Book of Revelation.

Few people today realize that Armageddon is a real place, but it certainly is. It is the ancient site of Megiddo in northern Israel, where the remains of 20 cities lie buried one on top of another within a 70-foot-tall mound. James Michener's book "The Source," published to worldwide acclaim in 1965, featured the fictitious site of Makor, which was a compilation of the archaeological sites of Megiddo and Hazor. "Digging up Armageddon" turns fiction into fact, for it is the real story of Megiddo, told in a way that has never been done before. Written as narrative non-fiction in an unprecedented contribution to the humanities by the current co-director of the Megiddo Expedition, "Digging up Armageddon" is a compelling reconstruction of Megiddo's archaeology and history down through the ages, including both the excavations and the excavators, set within the larger context of the development of western civilization from the Neolithic Revolution through the end of classical antiquity.

Media Coverage

Review of Digging Up Armageddon (in Nature) (Review)
Author(s): Andrew Robinson
Publication: Nature
Date: 2/26/2020

Review of Digging Up Armageddon (in The Spectator) (Review)
Author(s): Dominic Green
Publication: The Spectator
Date: 3/28/2020

Review of Digging Up Armageddon (in The Jewish Journal) (Review)
Author(s): Jonathan Kirsch
Publication: The Jewish Journal
Date: 5/5/2020

Review of Digging Up Armageddon (in Asian Review of Books) (Review)
Author(s): John Butler
Publication: Asian Review of Books
Date: 6/20/2020

Review of Digging Up Armageddon (in Palestine Exploration Quarterly) (Review)
Author(s): C.A. Strine
Publication: Palestine Exploration Quarterly
Date: 7/6/2020

Review of Digging Up Armageddon (in Current World Archaeology) (Review)
Author(s): Sam Waters and C.A. Strine
Publication: Current World Archaeology
Date: 7/26/2020
Abstract: Short review by Sam Waters on 1 June; longer follow-up article by C.A. Strine on 26 July 2020

Associated Products

Digging Up Armageddon: The Search for the Lost City of Solomon (Book)
Title: Digging Up Armageddon: The Search for the Lost City of Solomon
Author: Eric H. Cline
Abstract: Digging Up Armageddon is the enthralling story of an archaeological site in the interwar years and its remarkable place at the crossroads of history.
Year: 2020
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: Princeton University Press website page for published book
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 0691166323
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes