Sodom and gomorrah archaeological dating


19-Aug-2015 17:15

C.) Over the years, his research team has found evidence of a massive defensive wall, a palatial structure and a gateway complex that dates back to the Middle Bronze Age.During the 2015 season, the archaeologists found a few more towers and gates.The site reportedly remained a wasteland for about 700 years after this event. Other scholars have suggested that Sodom and Gomorrah rose to prominence in the early Bronze Age and that they were located in different regions near the Dead Sea.Hershel Shanks, the editor of the Biblical Archaeology Review magazine, agreed that Tall el-Hammam seemed like it could be the site of ancient Sodom -- but he cautioned that locating an ancient city destroyed by God is at its core a theological question.

Their goal was both scientific and religious: to chart the elevation of this vast, salty lake in the middle of the desert and to locate the ruins of the infamous biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.

He was hardly the last explorer to puzzle over the actual locations of mythical Sodom and Gomorrah.

In the decades since, numerous scholars, researchers and biblical historians have combed parts of Israel and Jordan in search of evidence of these cities.

"What we’ve got on our hands is a major city-state that was, for all practical purposes, unknown to scholars before we started," he told the magazine.

And Collins is somewhat convinced that this could be the historical Sodom."Theological questions are not subject to scientific proof—or disproof.