Was Sodom Destroyed by a Meteorite?

Genesis 19:24
Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

Deuteronomy 29:23
And that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor beareth, nor any grass groweth therein, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the LORD overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath:
Reading about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, one cannot help but wonder what really happened to these cities. The land covered with brimstone, salt and burning does sound like an eye-witness account, but of what?

Science has now found a possible answer: a powerful airburst from a meteor colliding with the atmosphere may have wiped out the Bronze Age civilization along the north side of the Dead Sea some 3,700 years ago (1700 BC +/- 50 years)[1].

Many believe that Jordan's Tall el-Hammam, as the archaeological site is now known, could be once have been known as Sodom. Samples from the site show that an extremely hot, explosive event leveled an area of some 500 square kilometers including the Middle Ghor - a circular plain to the north of the Dead Sea. It not only wiped out 100 percent of the Middle Bronze Age cities and towns, but also stripping agricultural soils from once-fertile fields.

The researchers theorize that the intense shockwaves from a meteoritic blast may have covered the area 'with a super-heated brine of Dead Sea anhydride salts'.
[Pottery shard showing thermal impact signs]
They also say that archaeological evidence shows it took at least six centuries for the region to recover and for civilization to return, as a direct result from the contamination and destruction of the soil.

The evidence paints a picture of an event similar to the Tunguska incident in 1908 in which a fireball in the sky was followed by explosions and millions of trees in Siberian forest were later found leveled.

If we assume that Tall el-Hammam (a tell is an artifical mount) could be the site of Sodom, we can theorize that the plain of Ghor might be Gomarrah. Which solves the mystery where Gomrooah could haven been located. Sodom, situated within Gomorroah, were both destroyed in the same event.

[1] Silvia et al: The 3.7kaBP Middle Ghor Event: Catastrophic Termination of a Bronze Age Civilization - Conference Paper of the Annual Meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) - 2018

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