Supporters of the Sodom theory have argued that, on closer examination to the biblical account, this does fit the geographical description of where Sodom would be located.
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However, archaeologists who worked at the site found no evidence of a conflagration, or indeed, any sort of catastrophe to explain the sudden desertion of its inhabitants.
The event was originally assumed to be a massive rockslide that occurred in the valley of Ötztal, Tirol, Austria, and discovered in the mid-19th century.
A reevaluation of the evidence led researchers to believe that the valley may have been hit by a small asteroid in 3123 B.
C.; the record of the observation of this event was carved into an Assyrian clay tablet known as the "Planisphere", which is believed to be a copy of the night diary of a Sumerian astronomer.
Bab edh-Dhra (bāb al-dhrā' ) is the site of an Early Bronze Age city located near the Dead Sea, on the south bank of Wadi Kerak.
Artifacts from Bab edh-Dhra are on display at Karak Archaeological Museum in Jordan; the Kelso Bible Lands Museum housed at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA, USA; and the British Museum in London. Unlike the neighboring ruins of Numeira, Bab edh-Dhra does not appear to have been destroyed by fire.Instead, archaeological evidence suggests that the site was abandoned by its inhabitants.Other possible reasons this site may not be the biblical Sodom are because the village was too small, not in the designated geographical area and did not exist in the appropriate time period.Some suspected the air burst of this asteroid to be behind the downfall of both Bab edh-Dhra and Numeira, but they were not yet built when the impact occurred. A small village area was found dating to the EB 1B period circa 3100-3000 B. However, the actual walled town at Bab edh-Dhra was not started until the EB II period beginning circa 3000 B. Thus, it is hard for these two towns to have been destroyed by an asteroid air burst in 3123 B. when they were not yet built and then lasted long after that date.In fact, there only were shaft tombs present at Bab edh-Dhra dating to the Early Bronze 1A (EB 1A) period circa 3200-3100 B. C., reached its greatest extent during the EB III period circa 2500 B. and lasted through the EB IV period ending circa 2100 B. The Numeira walled town was only occupied during the EB III period (ca. Not only would the site have been the largest city in the region, as described in the Bible, it is situated to the east of the River Jordan, dates back to between 35 BC and is thought to have been suddenly abandoned.