Abstract: Excavating Armageddon: New Discoveries and Old Debates at Megiddo

Lecturer: 

Apocalypse. Judgment Day. The End Time. Armageddon. Students of the Bible know it as the place where the cataclysmic battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil will unfold. Many believe that this battle will take place in the very near future. But few know that Armageddon is a real place—one that has seen more fighting and bloodshed than any other spot on earth. The name Armageddon is a corruption of the Hebrew phrase Har Megiddo, and it means “Mount of Megiddo.” Based upon his experiences while participating in ten seasons of excavation at the site and using material from both his book that was awarded the BAS 2001 prize for “Best Popular Book on Archaeology” (The Battles of Armageddon: Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear Age; University of Michigan Press, 2000) and a forthcoming book from Princeton University Press entitled Digging Up Armageddon, Dr. Cline will present an illustrated overview of the excavations that have taken place at the site during the past century, up to the present day. Unresolved questions including the palace, stables, and other ruins initially attributed to King Solomon’s building activities and the extent of King David’s involvement at the site will be re-examined, as will some of the numerous battles that have already been fought at Armageddon. 

 

Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:

The Battles of Armageddon: Megiddo and the Jezreel Valley from the Bronze Age to the Nuclear Age; University of Michigan Press, 2000

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