The ancient Biblical city of Sodom was not only a real place, but it was truly destroyed by fire from the sky, as the Bible claims. However, that fire came in the form of a "massive asteroid explosion" in the air above the region, say archaeologists, in a controversial new paper published this week.
US Newsweek reports, some historians have long believed that there may be something to the Old Testament story of Sodom and Gomorrah. For those not familiar, Genesis 18-19 describes how God, angry with the two cities, destroyed them both with fire. While few scientists have believed that the cities were destroyed by a godly god, some might have been done by a meteor strike.
Now, new evidence seems to support that theory.
Phillip Silvia, of Trinity Southwest University in Albuquerque, and his published team found this week to the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Denver, Colorado.
Silvia’s team believes that it is possible for the city known as "Sodom" as Dead Sea-area, the Bronze Age settlement known as Tall el-Hammam, which has been believed to have destroyed approximately 3,700 years ago.
Using radiocarbon dating, Silvia's team dated the abandonment of settlement to the approximate time of the purported Biblical event. A "heat event," which was caused by a friction or explosion of meteorites as it streaked across the above atmosphere, heated up structures were reduced to ash, according to the Times of Israel. Some materials are instantly crystallized, and the exterior portions of some pottery are melted into glass, also suggesting extreme uptick in temperatures.
The event, says Silivia's team, was also heated up from its nutrients – which would explain why a once-thriving series of settlements would suddenly be abandoned, only to be returned to centuries later.
"That is the most productive agricultural land in the region, which has supported a flourishing continuous civilization for at least 3,000 years, it should suddenly relinquish, then resist, human habitation for such a long period of time has been investigated."
Meters have to strike the ground to cause unimaginable devastation. One of the biggest meteorological events that has been exploded in mid-air, rather than hitting the ground. The 1908 Tunguska event, for example, is believed to have been caused by space rock that exploded at some altitude over the ground, leveling the tens of miles of forest in the process. Fortunately, it is a remote area and is, as of this writing, not believed to have been attributed to human deaths.