Archaeologists predict the asteroid-crushed city of Tall el-Hammam in the Jordan Valley as the location of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah
Netgenz - Technology | Some archaeologists predict the ancient city of Tall el-Hammam in the Jordan Valley, which is predicted to be crushed by an asteroid impact about 3,600 years ago as the location of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. The city is predicted to be the source of the story of Sodom and Gomorrah described in the Qur'an and the Bible. A study published in the journal Nature explained that there was a fairly large explosion due to the blow of a celestial body that flattened the ancient city and the palace and the surrounding walls. The study compared an air explosion that occurred around 1650 BC with the Tunguska Event that occurred in 1908. The Tunguska event occurred when a meteor 183 to 196 feet high entered Earth's atmosphere and erupted over East Siberia at a speed of about 33,500 miles per hour.
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The resulting explosion released about 12 megatons of energy, equal to about 1,000 times the energy of the atomic bomb that damaged the city of Hiroshima in World War II. Several reports in the journal, including James Kennett, professor emeritus of earth sciences at the California Santa Barbara Campus, believe the explosion in the ancient city was much stronger than the Tunguska incident. "There is evidence of a massive cosmic explosion, near this town that Tall el-Hammam mentions," Kennett told journalists.
Kennett describes the city as an important cultural place because the majority of the cultural complications that human civilization originally developed were in that place. Some archaeologists have found artifacts and crumbling websites attributed to war or earthquakes. The artifacts included pottery shards dripping into glass, bubbling mud bricks, and dripping building materials. All forms of combustion products show that they are caused by temperatures that are far above average, both from any heating system that is even artificially made. "We're seeing evidence of temperatures getting higher than 2,000 degrees Celsius," Kennett said. Between the charred material and the crumbling structure are some of the remains of a human skeleton which, according to the paper, is already fragmented.
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Kennett and his team analyzed what was exemplified by charred and dripping material, and some human remains with "overdisarticulation and skeletal fragmentation". From soil analysis revealed the content of small balls of iron and silica and molten metal in the area of the ancient city. Kennett added special evidence of air explosions that his team found was a material called the mineral shock quartz or shock quartz. "These are grains of sand that contain cracks that are created under very high stress," the researchers said.
The region is highly saline in the layers created during the air explosion. According to the authors, the array could have been ejected by an explosion. Kennett attributes this to the reason why the Dead Sea is really rich in salt. Tell el-Hamman, which is northeast of the Dead Sea, is predicted to be 10 times more populated than Jerusalem.
The area is often connected with the city of Sodom throughout the year. In 2015, a professor of Bible studies and apologetics at Trinity Southwest University, Steven Collins, explained to the Popular Archeology website that some of the features of the City of Tall el-Hammam meet every requirement in the story of the City of Sodom. "All assessments confirmed in the event are stable with cosmic explosions. But there is no scientific evidence that this crumbling city is Sodom from the Old Testament," Collins said as quoted by Newsweek.