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Digging Up Armegeddon by Eric H. Cline

Digging Up Armageddon

The Search for the Lost City of Solomon

Eric H. Cline

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Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 10 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9780691166322
4 stars out of 5
Dominic Green
28 Mar 2020

"combines the grandeur of ancient history, the currency of modern fame and the cast of a malarial soap opera"

Cline, following Finkelstein, identifies the older ‘burnt mudbrick city’ in stratum VIA as possibly dating from the tenth century BC: the likeliest location ‘by default’. So far, however, neither the Megiddo conquered by Thutmose III nor the one built by Solomon has been firmly identified. As a study in archaeological ambition and the limits of interpretation, Digging Up Armageddon is, as Cline writes of the Scottish theologian George Adam Smith’s Historical Geography of the Holy Land (1894), a ‘landmark publication in all senses of the word’.