Excavated Levels of Tall el Hammam Show Uninhabited 900 years.
- EBA = Early Bronze Age
- IBA = Intermediate Bronze Age
- MBA = Middle Bronze Age: top of layer defines Sodom Destruction at 1750 BC (dated by other sources)
- IA2 = Iron Age 2 (late Iron Age): Starting at 850 BC
- Sodom uninhabited 1750 – 850 = 900 years
I bought the book Discovering the City of Sodom by Dr. Steven Collins and Dr. Latayne C. Scott after receiving a tip from an archaeologist whose opinions I respect. Everything that follows is solely my opinion. I think Dr. Collins has the hottest dig in the Levant. Don’t get distracted by naysayers, neither those who challenge his Biblical credentials, nor those who scoff at Biblical Archaeology. Reading his book, I conclude his methodology in locating Sodom is precise and the excavation itself will prove or refute his hypothesis. I eagerly await the results: one way or the other.
I started the Kindle version of the book yesterday and am only half way through the book, but will do a full book review for Goodreads when I’ve completed it. I will attach a copy of that review in a later post. The book is easy to read and written in an engaging, non-didactic style (I presume through the contributions of Dr. Scott). The writing style is especially engaging for an archaeology tome, because it combines “you are there” stories of the excavation team and local characters which engage my interest followed by more focused sections of condensed prose presenting the crucial facts without initiating brain freeze. It’s an easy to read book and that’s why I’m at 50% after three hours reading.
Of course, I leaped to the web to gather material for us to learn quickly. First, my usual go-to site, Wikipedia’s latest (updated 11 September 2018) article on Sodom and Gomorrah describes the background of the story, lists prior attempts to equate Sodom with other excavations, then mentions Dr. Collins’s excavation at Tall el Hammam.
Happily, Dr. Collins applies a multimedia approach to herald his project, loaded with facts and photos.
Facebook page. I humbly defer to most of you who are more familiar with the ins and outs of this media than I. However, I confess that I go to it every day, whether to professional writing sites, in response to family and friends, and flytraps on the Facebook app on my smartphone. You will see I felt impelled to high five with a comment as I came in the door. As you arrive on the site, work your day down the menu of exhibits in the right-hand column. Don’t be upset if you cannot check into Facebook, lacking a password, as much more material is available at the next site.
The official website of the Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project. Don’t get distracted! Look to the right of “Trinity Southwest University” to the four menu items and click “Pages.” Here you’re confronted by a dropdown menu of choices, and I recommend you click each tab and explore it entirely before going to the next tab. This is my recommended reading for your first visit to this excavation. There is much more here than on the extensive Facebook page. If your interest in the progress of this project matches mine, you will sign up for the project email at the bottom right of the page.
Thanks for visiting,
R. E. J. Burke