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The archaeological site of Tall el-Hammam, Jordan that overlooks the Jordan Valley (Deg777 / CC by SA 4.0)

Tall el-Hammam: Is This Ancient City the Real Sodom? (Video)


In the lower Jordan River Valley, buried beneath layers of dirt and rock, lies the remains of an ancient city that dates back almost 4,000 years. Known as Tall el-Hammam, this intriguing site stretches a mile from end to end and is believed to have once been home to as many as 50,000 people. While the true identity of this city remains a mystery, some experts propose a compelling theory: Tall el-Hammam might be the long-lost Biblical city of Sodom. According to the biblical account, Sodom faced the wrath of God due to its wickedness, resulting in its complete destruction.

Many scholars dismissed this story as mere myth until recently, when the geographical data provided in the Bible matched the location of Tall el-Hammam near the Dead Sea. Additionally, physical evidence found at the site supports the description of Sodom's destruction. Melted building materials, partially melted pottery fragments, and high concentrations of rare Earth elements hint at a catastrophic event, possibly an air burst or meteor impact. The significance of a meteor explosion is further supported by the presence of a layer of salty dirt that shrouds Tall el-Hammam. Interestingly, this aligns with the tale of Lot's wife, who, in the Bible, was turned into a pillar of salt when she looked back upon the city's destruction.

Top image: The archaeological site of Tall el-Hammam, Jordan that overlooks the Jordan Valley (Deg777 / CC by SA 4.0)

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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