The ancient city of Sodom, which the Bible says was destroyed by God for its wickedness, may have been found according to a team of American archaeologists. Popular Archaeology reports a 10-year dig headed by Steven Collins of New Mexico’s Trinity Southwest University “has unearthed a goldmine of ancient monumental structures and artifacts that are revealing a massive Bronze Age city-state that dominated the region of Jordan’s southern Jordan Valley, even during a time when many other great cities of the ‘Holy Land’ region were either abandoned or in serious decline.” The site on the northeastern side of Israel’s Dead Sea is known as Tall el-Hammam.
“Very, very little was known about the Bronze Age in the Middle Ghor (southern Jordan Valley) before we began our excavations in 2005,” Collins told the magazine. “Even most of the archaeological maps of the area were blank, or mostly so. What we’ve got on our hands is a major city-state that was, for all practical purposes, unknown to scholars before we started our project.” Collins says in comparison to the remnants of other ancient cities in the region, Tall el-Hammam is likely the best candidate for the lost city of Sodom, which God firebombed in the Book of Genesis for its astonishing breaking of God’s law. “Tall el-Hammam seemed to match every Sodom criterion demanded by the text,” Collins explained. CONTINUE