The initial work by the U of C archaeologists embodies the stereotype of "Bible in one hand, shovel in the other."The archaeology of Armageddon
Digging up Armageddon: The Search for the Lost City of Solomon Eric H. Cline Princeton Univ. Press (2020)
“Welcome to Armageddon,” say Israeli tour guides, as groups from many countries climb the steep incline of the archaeological mound Tel Megiddo, southeast of Haifa and close to Nazareth. Within it are the remains of at least 20 cities, piled up, dating from about 5000 bc to the fourth century BC. Passing through the current gate, the tourists often burst into hymns or prayer.
“Our small group of archaeologists smile tolerantly,” recalls Eric Cline in Digging Up Armageddon. They have been digging since before dawn to avoid the heat. A chain-link fence around the excavations jokingly requests: “Please do not feed the archaeologists.”