Eric H. Cline (USA)

Historian, archaeologist and author


Dr. Eric H. Cline, an archaeologist and historian, has devoted his career to unraveling the mysteries of the ancient world. He is an active field archaeologist with more than thirty seasons of excavation and survey experience in Greece, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Cyprus and the United States. He worked for ten seasons at Megiddo (biblical Armageddon), where he served as co-director before retiring from the project in 2014, and another ten seasons at Tel Kabri, where he currently serves as Co-Director.



He earned his undergraduate degree in Classical Archaeology from Dartmouth College and continued his academic pursuits at Yale University, where he earned an M.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures, and then at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received his Ph.D. in Ancient History with a focus on the Aegean Bronze Age. A National Geographic Explorer, NEH Public Scholar, Getty Scholar, and Fulbright Scholar, he is currently Professor of Classics and Anthropology, as well as Director of the Capitol Archaeological Institute, at George Washington University in Washington DC where he teaches and advises the next generation of archaeologists, fostering a passion for discovery and critical thinking.

Eric is also a prolific author end editor of more than twenty books, which have been translated into nineteen different languages, and nearly one hundred peer-reviewed articles. His acclaimed works, including especially 1177 B.C.: The Year Civilization Collapsed (2014; revised edition 2021) and a sequel, entitled After 1177 B.C.: The Survival of Civilizations (2024), reflect his desire to communicate complex historical narratives to a broader audience.

His research has been featured and reviewed in Time magazine, the New Yorker, the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times, among many other media outlets. He has also appeared in more than forty television programs and documentaries, ranging from ABC (including Nightline and Good Morning America) and HBO/Max to the BBC and the National Geographic, History, Discovery, and Travel Channels. He has also been interviewed on NPR and by numerous podcasts. Several of his lectures can be seen on YouTube, where they have been collectively viewed more than ten million times.


When the World "collapsed"

Envision stage
18. 7. 2024 17:00 - 18:00


The beginning of the 12th century BC represented one of the great collapses of antiquity. Climatic change, desiccation, and the movements of tribes and peoples led to the overthrow of empires that had seemed eternal. How did this happen and what does it say about our world today?