Megiddo is is a sight and a site of incredible importance to biblical archaeology. It is located by one of the most important trading routes of the ancient Near East— from ca. 7,000 B.C.E. through to biblical times. Beyond its importance to trade, Megiddo also has the reputation for being the site of the worlds end, Armageddon. This status is related to its being a proverbial hot bed of violence and fighting for centuries. From the Byzantines, Crusaders, and Mongols to Napoleon, the British in World War I and Israelis and Arabs, this site has been the background for a lot of warring. Why would this place be of interest to the Indy Team? Because the director of the expedition, Dr. Israel Finkelstein joins us today. He will enlighten us with the multi-layered archaeology of Megiddo and the points of overlap and conflict between biblical text and archaeological investigations and the future of this site of Armageddon.
Dr. Israel Finkelstein is the Jacob Alkow Professor of the Archaeology of Israel in the Bronze and Iron Ages at Tel Aviv University and the Director of the Megiddo Expedition. Finkelstein Served as Director of the Sonia and Marco Nadler Institute of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University from 1996 to 2003. In 2005 Finkelstein won the Dan David Prize in the Past Dimension, Archaeology. In 2009 he was named Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture and in 2010 received a doctorate Doctorate honoris causa from the University of Lausanne.In 2009-2014 Finkelstein co-directed the European Research Council-funded project titled “Reconstructing Ancient Israel: The Exact and Life Sciences Perspective”. In 2014 he received the Delalande-Guérineau Prize of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres in Paris. He was then elected as ‘correspondant étranger’ of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres.