Jordan| A team of archaeologists lead by professor Steven Collins, have uncovered what seems to be the site of the biblical city of Sodom. Recent discoveries on the site of Tall el-Hammam, located in the southern Jordan River Valley, about 14 kilometers northeast of the Dead Sea, suggest that this could be the site of the mythical destruction orchestrated by God.
The seemingly mysterious demise of all the other Jordan Disk sites toward the end of the Middle Bronze Age, followed by an occupational hiatus of at least five centuries, is certainly was has brought scientists to the conclusion that the stories of Sodom and Gomorrah could be true and that they could have really suffered a catastrophic destruction.
It seems the city was destroyed by some violent seismic or volcanic disaster at approximately the time when the Bible describes the event of the annihilations of Sodom and Gomorrah. The presence of various buildings associated with prostitution, both heterosexual and homosexual, on the site of Tall el-Hammam, strongly suggests that this is the site of Sodom.
The fact that Tall el-Hammam and other sites on the eastern half of the Jordan Disk are located precisely in the geographical area specified for the biblical “Cities of the Jordan Plain (Disk)” has turned out to be more than a coincidence, thus providing a geographical framework for the story of Abraham’s nephew Lot and his escape from Sodom, recorded in the Bible and in the Qur’an .
Many have speculated about the locations of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 13-19) and the so-called “Cities of the Plain,” but their location and identification have remained elusive in the minds of some scholars. Not a few scholars, including Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project Director, Steven Collins, believe that the textual evidence and the material proofs found on the site, both strongly support a northern location in what is called the “Jordan Disk,” the 25-kilometer diameter circle of the Jordan Valley immediately north of the Dead Sea.
“The proofs that we found here confirm what the Bible says” explains Mr Collins. ” I know many people doubt the validity of the Bible as a scientific source, but this proves it does have a lot of value. It is intellectually dishonest to dismiss the Bible as a site-selection parameter. There is no doubt that the Bible remains one of the best ancient geographical texts available to archaeologists and historians. And particular interest is generated in certain sites because of potential biblical connections. We have searched for a specific location using the texts as a base, and we have proven that it was right. This is reality.”