IAmA Eric Cline, Ph.D. I specialize in the collapse of civilizations at the end of the Bronze Age. My book 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed just came out and has been a trending bestseller on Amazon. I am also a biblical archaeologist. AMA!
My book 1177 BC: The Year Civilization Collapsed just came out and has been a trending bestseller on Amazon. You can find it there in hardback, kindle, and audible editions: http://www.amazon.com/1177-B-C-Civilization-Collapsed-Turning/dp/0691140898/ref=la_B001HCVOR8_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1400798761&sr=1-1 .
I am Eric H. Cline, a professor of Classics and Anthropology at The George Washington University, in Washington DC. I am a Fulbright scholar and National Geographic Explorer, with degrees in Classical Archaeology (BA, Dartmouth), Near Eastern Archaeology (MA, Yale), and Ancient History (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania).
I am an active field archaeologist who has worked in Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Greece, Crete, and the United States for 30 seasons since 1980. I am currently Co-Director of two excavations in Israel: Megiddo (biblical Armageddon) and Tel Kabri. We dig at one or the other every summer; this summer we will be at Armageddon (and we still have a few openings: https://sites.google.com/site/megiddoexpedition/).
I have also written books about the Trojan War and about biblical archaeology, in particular answering the seven questions that I am most frequently asked, including where is Noah’s Ark, where is the Ark of the Convenant, where are the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel, etc; you can also find those on Amazon. This is my page on Amazon, with all the links: http://www.amazon.com/Eric-H.-Cline/e/B001HCVOR8/ref=dp_byline_cont_book_1 .
EDIT: Thanks to all for participating!
FINAL EDIT (5/23; 12:50 PM EST): That's all, folks! I have to start getting ready to excavate at Megiddo (biblical Armageddon) and have to finish up departmental paperwork before I do, so I've got to stop responding to comments at this point. If there is interest, I'd be happy to hold another AMA at some point in the near future, perhaps later in the summer after I get back from the dig. In the meantime, thanks to all of you for your comments!