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Digging Up Armageddon : The Search For the Lost City of Solomon / Eric H. Cline.

Author/creator Cline, Eric H. author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2020]
Descriptionxxiii, 397 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Preface : "Welcome to Armageddon" -- Prologue : "Have Found Solomon's Stables" -- Part I. 1920-1926. "Please Accept My Resignation" -- "He Must Knock Off or You Will Bury Him" -- "A Fairly Sharp Rap on the Knuckles" -- "We Have Already Three Distinct Levels" -- Part II. 1927-1934. "I Really Need a Bit of a Holiday" -- "They Can Be Nothing Else Than Stables" -- "Admonitory but Merciful" -- "The Tapping of the Pickmen" -- "The Most Sordid Document" -- "Either a Battle or an Earthquake" -- Part III: 1935-1939. "A Rude Awakening" -- "The Director is Gone" -- "You Asked for the Sensational" -- "A Miserable Death Threat" -- "The Stratigraphical Skeleton" -- Part IV: 1940-2020. "Instructions Had Been Given to Protect This Property" -- Epilogue "Certain Digging Areas Remain Incompletely Excavated" -- Cast of Characters: Chicago Expedition Staff and Spouses (alphabetical and with participation dates) -- Year by Year List of Chicago Expedition Staff plus Major Events.
Abstract "In 1925 a team of archaeologists was sent by famed archaeologist James Henry Breasted, the Director of the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, to search for the city that King Solomon built in the tenth century BCE. These excavations are rightfully famous for the light they shed on one of the most important cities in biblical times: the ancient city of Megiddo, in Israel, the site of Armageddon. The books and articles that the original participants published are still used, and debated, by archaeologists working in the region today. However, these scholarly publications provide only a small window into the daily activities of the team members and the stories behind their amazing discoveries. Using a treasure trove of other writing - including more than three decades' worth of letters, cablegrams, cards, and diaries, archaeologist and historian Eric Cline, who spent twenty years digging at Megiddo himself, brings the Chicago excavators and their discoveries to life situating them against the backdrop of the Great Depression in the United States as well as the growing troubles and tensions in British Mandate Palestine. Their story, as recounted by Cline, often reads more like melodrama than dry archaeological report and provides a unique a glimpse of the internal workings of a dig in the early years of biblical archaeology. In the course of telling their story, Cline gives readers the full picture of an archaeological site from its first discoveries to its most recent excavations placing it all in the larger scheme of the rise and fall of civilizations, from the Neolithic Revolution through the Romans"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index."
Issued in other formOnline version: Cline, Eric H. Digging up Armageddon Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, 2020 9780691200446
LCCN 2019022505
ISBN9780691166322 (hardback)

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