More evidence has been brought forward that a cosmic event–an exploding meteor–may have completely wiped out ancient settlements and cities near the Dead Sea.
Excavations at an archaeological site (which some think was the site of the Biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah) in modern-day Jordan have found evidence of a massive meteor exploding over the region, destroying entire towns and settlements.
As noted by experts from the Trinity Southwest University in Albuquerque, a superheated blast from the skies may have destroyed entire settlements some 3,700 years ago.
Thanks to radiocarbon dating and minerals that were unearthed, showing they were instantly crystalized at extreme temperatures, scientists believe that a massive airburst caused by a meteor that exploded in the atmosphere instantaneously destroyed civilization in a 25-kilometer-wide circular plain called Middle Ghor, reports Science News.
The event was so powerful that it pushed a bubbling brine of Dead Sea salts over once-fertile farmland. The land was destroyed, and people did not return to the region for 700 years.
In another co-authored paper, Silva and Collins wrote, “The physical evidence from Tall el-Hammam and neighboring sites exhibit signs of a highly destructive concussive and thermal event that one might expect from what is described in Genesis 19.”
“A meteoritic airburst event most likely caused the destruction not only of Tall el-Hammam (Sodom) but also its neighbors (Gomorrah and the other cities of the plain),” the authors conclude.
The discovery was reported at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research.
Archeological excavations at several sites at Middle Ghor, Jordan, indicate that all were occupied continually for 2,500 years until a collective collapse towards the end of the Bronze Age.
Ground surveys have located 120 additional, smaller settlements in the area that researchers suspect were also exposed to extreme, collapse-inducing heat and wind, explained Phillip Silvia, quoted by Science News.
It is believed that as many as 65,000 people inhabited the region when the cosmic catastrophe rocked the area.
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