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    Scientists excavate ancient city of Sodom

    -As the inhabitants of an ancient Middle Eastern city now called Tall el-Hammam went about their daily business one day about 3,600 years ago, they had no idea an unseen icy space rock was speeding toward them at about 38,000 mph (61,000 kph).

    Flashing through the atmosphere, the rock exploded in a massive fireball about 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) above the ground. The blast was around 1,000 times more powerful than the Hiroshima atomic bomb. The shocked city dwellers who stared at it were blinded instantly. Air temperatures rapidly rose above 3,600 degrees Fahrenheit (2,000 degrees Celsius). Clothing and wood immediately burst into flames. Swords, spears, mudbricks and pottery began to melt. Almost immediately, the entire city was on fire.

    Some seconds later, a massive shockwave smashed into the city. Moving at about 740 mph (1,200 kph), it was more powerful than the worst tornado ever recorded. The deadly winds ripped through the city, demolishing every building. They sheared off the top 40 feet (12 m) of the 4-story palace and blew the jumbled debris into the next valley. None of the 8,000 people or any animals within the city survived – their bodies were torn apart and their bones blasted into small fragments.

    About a minute later, 14 miles (22 km) to the west of Tall el-Hammam, winds from the blast hit the biblical city of Jericho. Jericho's walls came tumbling down and the city burned to the ground.

    It all sounds like the climax of an edge-of-your-seat Hollywood disaster movie. How do we know that all of this actually happened near the Dead Sea in Jordan millennia ago?

    Getting answers required nearly 15 years of painstaking excavations by hundreds of people. It also involved detailed analyses of excavated material by more than two dozen scientists in 10 states in the U.S., as well as Canada and the Czech Republic. When our group finally published the evidence recently in the journal Scientific Reports, the 21 co-authors included archaeologists, geologists, geochemists, geomorphologists, mineralogists, paleobotanists, sedimentologists, cosmic-impact experts and medical doctors.

    Here's how we built up this picture of devastation in the past.

    Firestorm throughout the city
    Years ago, when archaeologists looked out over excavations of the ruined city, they could see a dark, roughly 5-foot-thick (1.5 m) jumbled layer of charcoal, ash, melted mudbricks and melted pottery. It was obvious that an intense firestorm had destroyed this city long ago. This dark band came to be called the destruction layer.

    No one was exactly sure what had happened, but that layer wasn't caused by a volcano, earthquake or warfare. None of them are capable of melting metal, mudbricks and pottery...

    A giant space rock demolished an ancient Middle Eastern city and everyone in it – possibly inspiring the Biblical story of Sodom

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    It's an interesting article, a couple more excerpts here. They're concluding it was an asteroid as the only natural explanation.


    "Together, all this evidence shows that temperatures in the city rose higher than those of volcanoes, warfare and normal city fires. The only natural process left is a cosmic impact..."


    Remember Lot's wife?

    "One remaining puzzle is why the city and over 100 other area settlements were abandoned for several centuries after this devastation. It may be that high levels of salt deposited during the impact event made it impossible to grow crops. We're not certain yet, but we think the explosion may have vaporized or splashed toxic levels of Dead Sea salt water across the valley..."

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    An asteroid? I wonder what precedent in history they base their guess on? The only "natural explanation"? Try a little SUPERnatural.

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    I saw a program on one of the cable channels talking about Sodom and there was this huge piece of land where they thought it was, and there were all these pocket in the earth and cliffs with like round pieces of what they called 'brimstone' in them. You could light them with a match and they burned and smelled like sulfur. I'll see if i can find a pic or video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fuego View Post
    I saw a program on one of the cable channels talking about Sodom and there was this huge piece of land where they thought it was, and there were all these pocket in the earth and cliffs with like round pieces of what they called 'brimstone' in them. You could light them with a match and they burned and smelled like sulfur. I'll see if i can find a pic or video.
    Here you go. Story and pic and 30 minute video which is what I assume I saw on TV here.

    Evidence For Sodom and Gomorrah? – CEREBRATION MINISTRIES

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