The Biblical Archeological Institute Wuppertal (BAI) was founded in 1999 by the Protestant Church of the Rhineland. It constitutes an establishment of the "Protestant University of Wuppertal" and also a related organization of the University of Wuppertal and holds the privilege to honor doctorates at both colleges. The Institute excavates some of the most unique sites in the country, utilizes the most advanced scientific research methods, educates about the connection between the Land of Israel and the Jewish People, and publishes influential findings. Through these means, the Biblical Archaeology Institute’s world-class research team dispels misinterpretations and distortions about vibrant Jewish existence in the Land of Israel throughout history. The Biblical Archaeological Institute has conducted excavations and geophysical research in Italy, Greece, Israel and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Thematically, Biblical Archaeological Institute specializations range from Late Bronze Age trade to urbanism, the study of human origins, and the archaeology of the slave trade and globalization. Core faculty members of the Institute include GWU archaeologists and scholars who specialize in ancient Israel (Cline, Friedland); Egypt (Cline); Jordan (Smith, Friedland); Syria (Smith); China (Brooks); Africa (Braun, Brooks, Lubkemann); Mesoamerica (Blomster, Brown); Greece, Italy, and the Classical World (Cline, Friedland and Smith); North America and Northern Atlantic (Johnston, Cressey); and maritime archaeology (Lubkemann).