In the Bible, Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by God because the residents lived a life of sin. According to the book of Genesis, "The Lord poured out sulfur and fire from Sodom and Gomorrah from the Lord of heaven. And He destroyed these cities, and all the land, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and all things that go forth out of the land. "
Scientists believe they have discovered city sites in archaeological digs, but offer a more scientific explanation of why sites were destroyed.
Archaeologists claim that the cities were located in the extreme north-east of the Dead Sea, now called the Middle Ghor.
What is interesting is that, locally, scientists have discovered strange minerals that they say are the result of an overheated asteroid that has exploded in the region.
Radiocarbon dating ages this asteroid explosion some 3,700 years ago – which would fit the biblical timeline.
The researchers called the asteroid explosion of the Kikkar event 3.7KYrBP and had a yield of 10 megatons in the air.
Trinity Southwest University archaeologist and biblical researcher Phillip Silvia says the blast would have exploded abroad on a circular plain 25 km wide, destroying any nearby settlements.
Prof Silvia says he and his city have excavated the ruins of the city of Tall Hammam, near Sodom and Gomorrah, and it is this site that provides the most evidence of an explosion of low-altitude asteroids.
Silvia and her team write on their research site the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project: "The site had begun (at least) during the 4th millennium BC, having flourished for at least a thousand years as an open agricultural community.
"But at the beginning of the third millennium BC, there were dramatic disturbances in the relative peace of the region, leading the inhabitants of Tall el-Hammam to build a formidable defensive system that included a wall of stone and clay bricks.
"The phenomenon that resulted in the destruction of civilization on the well-irrigated plain of Jordan & # 39; and repelled reoccupation for so many centuries is now springing up through analyzes conducted by researchers of & # 39; impact & # 39; of seven participating universities.
"That the most productive agricultural land in the region, which had continuously supported the flourishing civilizations for at least 3000 years, should suddenly abandon, then resist, human habitation for such a long period of time beg investigation.
"The physical evidence of Tall el-Hammam and neighboring sites exhibit signs of a highly destructive concussive and thermal event that can be expected from what is described in Genesis 19.
"Soil / ash samples collected in Tall el-Hammam contain evidence of soil destruction and contamination of the subsoil with Dead Sea salts that would have prevented the cultivation of plantations for many centuries after the event."