Archaeologists managed to unearth the ruins of Sodom and Gomorrah.
The ancient cities of Sodom and Gomorrah which according to The Bible were destroyed by God have been unearthed by a team of archaeologists led by Professor Steve Collins.
In Genesis 19 the Bible records how the Lord destroyed the two cities for their iniquities and transgressions. The Scripture says:
“Then the Lord rained down burning sulphur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land.” – Genesis 19: 24, 25
According to reports by digital magazine Popular Archaeology, Professor Collins and his team of archaeologists hail from the Trinity Southwest University in New Mexico. The magazine quoted Professor Collins saying that the excavation met success after 10 years of toiling. They claim to have discovered the site of ancient city of Sodom.
Professor Collins said, “The archaeological team unearthed a goldmine of ancient monumental structures and artefacts 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.”
“Very, very little was known about the Bronze Age in the Middle Ghor (southern Jordan Valley) before we began our excavations in 2005. 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.”
Professor Collins further said that after the archaeologists compared the recently discovered ruins with the remains unearthed nearby in the light of its main location along with the dates of occupation, this was the best location to be cited the ancient city of Sodom.
“It emerges as the best candidate for the lost city of Sodom, the infamous city that, based on the Biblical account, was destroyed by God in a fiery cataclysm because of its iniquity. Tall el-Hammam seemed to match every Sodom criterion demanded by the text,” Professor Collins said.