The effect would be of biblical proportions: an overheated asteroid, exploding into a massive fireball and a shock wave over the Dead Sea.
The discovery and radiocarbon dating of unusual minerals in Jordan suggests that it happened about 3,700 years ago.
An archaeologist and biblical researcher at Trinity South-West University, Philip Silvia, says preliminary findings based on crystallized rock suggest that a massive meteorological meteor exploded a 25 km wide plain on the northeastern edge of the Dead Sea, now called Middle Mountain .
In her presentation at the annual meeting of American schools of Eastern studies last week, Sylvia said that excavations at five settlements in Middle Mountain showed that the area was designed for a period of at least 2500 years. Then, suddenly, the region suffered a collective collapse by the end of the Bronze Age.
According to him, polls revealed the remains of 120 more settlements in the Middle Mountain, all of which could have been subjected to a fiery explosion.
Now: “We are opening the largest Bronze Age site in the region, probably the site of the biblical Sodom itself,” the excavator site says.
LAND OF WATER
Silva says that the ruins of the Bronze Age city in Tall el Hammam, which he and his team unearthed during the past 13 years, are the greatest preliminary evidence of a meteorological meteorological take-off.
The Hammam has an elevated acropolis on which the palace complex was built. It looked mostly flat 200 kilometers of space, probably a small kingdom on the edge of the Jordan River.
“The site began (at least) during the 4th millennium BC, flourishing for at least a thousand years as an open agricultural community,” the researchers write. "But at the beginning of the 3rd millennium BC, there were abrupt breakdowns in the relative peace in the region, as a result of which the residents of High Al Hammam built a huge defensive system that included a brick city wall of stone and dirt."
The kingdom continued to flourish. So far, suddenly, this has not happened.
“It is remarkable that the Tall El Hammam and its neighbors … suffered disastrous consequences for civilization, uniquely their own, by the end of the Middle Bronze Age,” they write. “While cities in the west (Jerusalem, Bethel, Hebron), north (Deir Allah, Pella, Bet-Shan) and east (Rabbath-Ammon, Tall e-Umayri, Nebo) continued in the late Bronze Age, and there were no villages of the eastern Jordan. ”
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“The phenomenon that leads to the destruction of civilization on the“ well watered plain of Jordan ”and repulsive reoccupation over many centuries is now revealed on the basis of an analysis done by researchers of the“ impact ”of seven participating universities, the most productive agricultural land in the region, which had continuously supported prosperous civilizations for at least 3,000 years, had to be suddenly abandoned and then resisted by human settlement in those such a long period of time, requested an investigation. ”
Silva says that the asteroid's shock wave probably caused the Dead Sea brine tsunami over what had once been a fertile farm. Those who survived from the 50,000 people living in the area at the time were forced to leave.
An article published by Sylvia and Stephen Collins states that this “confirms that High Al-Hammam also reports Correct story – that evidence of destruction is consistent with Genesis 19: 22-28. ”
King James Version: And the Lord went to Sodom and to Gomorrah sulfur and fire from the Lord from heaven; And he overthrew those cities, and all the plains, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and grew on the earth.
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Radiocarbon dating leads to the sudden disappearance of clay brick walls — leaving only stone foundations about 3,700 years ago, he says. Fragments of pottery found, says Sylvia, show signs that their outer layers have melted into glass.
Zircon crystals in these glassy films would form within the first second of a super-high explosion, he added, indicating a temperature as hot as the surface of the sun.
“Physical evidence from the Tall el-Hammam and neighboring sites shows signs of an extremely destructive contusion and heat event that one would expect from what is described in Genesis 19,” the study says. “Soil / ash samples collected from the High Al-Hammam contain evidence of destruction of the topsoil and soil contamination with salts of the Dead Sea, which would prevent the cultivation of crops for many centuries after this event.”
Sylvia claims that support for the airport terminal theory was to detect tiny spherical mineral grains that flowed to the ground after the explosion, as well as unusual amounts of platinum-palladium.
“A 10 megaton air output above the northeast corner of the Dead Sea would be sufficient to take physical damage, observed 10 km from High Al Hammam. Note that this is only half of the yield of the Tunguska aviation explosion (in Siberia), as part of the “recent” human experience for meteoritic air currents, ”the study says.
The impact will make Middle Mountain remain uninhabited for another 700 years.
“The research results related to the“ Kikkar 3.7KYrBP Events ”are currently being collected for publication and presentation,” the TeHEP website reports.