Eric H. Cline

Eric Cline

Eric H. Cline

Professor of Classics, Anthropology, and History


Dr. Cline is a classical and biblical archaeologist and ancient historian whose primary fields of study are biblical archaeology, the military history of the Mediterranean world from antiquity to present, the Bronze Age Aegean, and the international connections between Greece, Egypt, and the Near East during the Late Bronze Age (1700-1100 BCE).

He is director  of the Tel Kabri Expedition and co-editor of the Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research.

Co-editor, Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research

Awarded the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Teaching Excellence, 2012

Awarded the Oscar and Shoshana Trachtenberg Prize for Faculty Scholarship, 2011

Awarded the CCAS Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Departmental Advising, 2006

Awarded the Morton Bender Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2004


International trade and relations in the ancient Mediterranean; Bronze Age archaeology; ancient Greece, Egypt, and Israel; military history in the Mediterranean area through the ages.

A prolific researcher and author with 16 books and about 100 articles and book reviews to his credit, Dr. Cline is an experienced field archaeologist. He has directed or participated in 30 seasons of excavation and survey in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, and the U.S. He is Co-Director of the renewed series of archaeological excavations at the site of Tel Kabri, Israel, which began in 2005. The project is run by the University of Haifa and The George Washington University (Assaf Yasur-Landau and Eric H. Cline). He was also a member of the Megiddo Expedition, in Israel, excavating at biblical Armageddon for ten seasons over a 20-year period, from 1994 to 2014. He began as a volunteer and rose up through the ranks, ultimately serving as Co-Director with Israel Finkelstein and Director of the Consortium until stepping down in 2015.

Anth 0801: Troy and the Trojan War
Anth 1003: Introduction to Archaeology
Anth 3803: First Farmers to First Cities
Anth 3805/AH 3106: Archaeology of Israel and Neighboring Lands
Anth 3806/AH 3104: Art and Archaeology of the Aegean Bronze Age
Anth 3834: Mediterranean Field Program


2017  Cline, E.H.  Three Stones Make a Wall: The Story of Archaeology. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

2014  Cline, E.H. 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

2013  Cline, E.H. The Trojan War: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press.

2013  Finkelstein, I., D. Ussishkin, and E.H. Cline, eds. Megiddo V: The 2004-2008 Seasons.  Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv University.

2012  Cline, E.H., and D. O'Connor, eds. Ramesses III: The Life and Times of Egypt's Last Hero.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

2011  Cline, E.H., and M. Graham. Ancient Empires: From Mesopotamia to the Rise of Islam. Cambridge University Press.

2011  Cline, E.H., G. Beckman, and T. Bryce, eds. The Ahhiyawa Texts. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature.

2010  Cline, E.H., ed. Oxford Handbook of the Bronze Age Aegean. New York: Oxford University Press.

2009  Cline, E.H. Biblical Archaeology: A Very Short Introduction. New York: Oxford University Press.

2009  Cline, E.H. Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: International Trade and the Late Bronze Age Aegean. B.A.R. International Series 591. Oxford: Archaeopress. (Reissue of 1994 book with updates.)

2007  Cline, E.H. From Eden to Exile: Unraveling Mysteries of the Bible. Washington, DC: National Geographic Books.

2006  Cline, E.H., and D. O'Connor, eds. Thutmose III: A New Biography. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

2005  Cline, E.H., and J. Rubalcaba. The Ancient Egyptian World. New York: Oxford University Press.

2004  Cline, E.H. Jerusalem Besieged: From Ancient Canaan to Modern Israel. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

2014  Yasur-Landau, A., and E.H. Cline. "The four dimensional palace: The Middle Bronze Age palace of Kabri through time."  In S. Souvatzi and A. Hadji, eds., Space and Time in Mediterranean Prehistory, p. 231-245. NY: Taylor & Francis.

2014  Koh, A.J., A. Yasur-Landau, and E.H. Cline. "Characterizing a Middle Bronze Palatial Wine Cellar from Tel Kabri, Israel," PLOS One 9(8).

2011  Cline, E.H., and S.M. Stannish. "Sailing the great green sea: Amenhotep III’s 'Aegean List' from Kom el-Hetan, once more," Journal of Ancient Egyptian Interconnections 3(2): 6-16.

2011  Cline, E.H., and A. Sutter. "Battlefield archaeology at Armageddon: Cartridge cases and the 1948 battle for Megiddo, Israel,"  Journal of Military History 75(1): 159-190.

2008  Cline, E.H. "Troy as a 'Contested Periphery:' Archaeological Perspectives on Cross-Cultural and Cross Disciplinary Interactions Concerning Bronze Age Anatolia." In Collins, B.J., M.R. Bachvarova and I.C. Rutherford, eds. Anatolian Interfaces: Hittites, Greeks and their Neighbours. Proceedings of an International Conference on Cross-Cultural Interaction, September 17-19, 2004, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. Oxford: Oxbow Books.

2005  Cline, E.H. "The multivalent nature of imported objects in the ancient Mediterranean world." In R. Laffineur and E. Greco, eds., Emporia: Mycenaeans and Minoans in the Central and Eastern Mediterranean: 45-51. Aegaeum 25. Liège: Université de Liège.

Ph.D. 1991, University of Pennsylvania
M.A. 1984, Yale University
B.A. 1982, Dartmouth College