In the Bible, Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by God because the people lived in sin. According to the book of Genesis, "God showered Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur and fire from God from heaven. And He destroys these cities, and all the land, and all the inhabitants of the city, and all things that arise from the Earth. "
Scientists believe they have found the sites of cities in archeological excavations, but offer a more scientific explanation of why the site was destroyed.
Archaeologists say the cities are located on the northeastern edge of the Dead Sea, now called Middle Ghor.
What's interesting is that on the site, scientists have discovered the strange minerals they say are the result of super-hot asteroids that exploded in the region.
Radiocarbon dating is the age of this asteroid explosion about 3,700 years ago – which will fit the biblical time frame.
The researchers call the asteroid explosion a Kikkar 3.7KYrBP event and have an explosion of 10 megatons.
Trinity University archaeologist Southwest and biblical researcher Phillip Silvia said the blast would explode outward on a 25-kilometer wide plain, destroying nearby settlements.
Prof. Silvia said he and his city had dug up the ruins of the Bronze Age town of Tall el-Hammam, near Sodom and Gomorrah, and this was the location that provided the greatest evidence of an asteroid explosion at low altitude.
Prof. Silvia and his team wrote on their research website, the High El-Hammam Excavation Project: "This site has begun (at least) during the 4th millennium BC, developing for at least a thousand years as an open farming community.
"But at the beginning of the 3rd millennium BC, a dramatic disruption in the relative peace in the region occurred, causing residents of Tall el-Hammam to build a formidable defense system that included rock-and-mud city walls.
"A phenomenon that results in the destruction of civilization in the good watery plains of the Jordan River & # 39; and interesting care for centuries has now been revealed through the analysis carried out by researchers' impact & # 39; from seven participating universities.
"That the most productive agricultural land in the region, which has supported a civilization that has continued to develop for at least 3000 years, must suddenly let go, then refuse, human habitation for a long time has requested an investigation.
"Physical evidence from Tall el-Hammam and surrounding sites shows signs of the very destructive and destructive heat that people might expect from what is described in Genesis 19.
"The soil / ash samples collected from Tall el-Hammam contain evidence of soil destruction and contamination of subsoil with Dead Sea salt that will prevent planting of plants for centuries after the event."