Why is archaeological dating important
In the 1960s, a large cemetery was discovered near Bab edh-Dhra.Archeologist Paul Lapp spent three seasons excavating the area where he unearthed a great number of shaft-tombs -- possibly as many as 20,000.
Current estimates of the number of bodies occupying that cemetery is about a half million!In the early part of the 20th century, the entire Biblical account of Sodom and Gomorrah was doubted by many academicians.Not merely the part of the story of the supernatural destruction, but also any possible rule over the area by the Mesopotamians to the east.According to the Torah, with the help of the patriarch Abraham, the cities gained their independence, though their independence was only short-lived.A few years later, God destroyed the cities in a hail of fire and brimstone.Let us examine the facts of the case and see for ourselves. Snakes and scorpions are the only creatures that find comfort in this forsaken place. The second area is a great and thriving metropolis.
There are two places in the desert area near the Dead Sea that could not be more radically different from each other. All that is found there are craggy hills, land strewn with crumbled rock, coarse sand, and intense heat: daytime temperatures rise to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. The waters of the nearby great lake are not potable: No fish live in its inhospitable waters. Grain grows in abundance and precious raw materials are easily accessed.
The second description is the way it appeared earlier, at its Patriarchal Era zenith as depicted in the Talmud and the Midrash (Babylonian Talmud Sanhedrin 109a, Midrash Rabah Leviticus 5:2, Midrash Rabah Numbers .) Sodom and Gomorrah were part of a metropolis assumed to have been located on the eastern bank of the Dead Sea consisting of five cities, each with its own king.
There was (1) Bera, king of Sodom, (2) Birsha, king of Gomorrah, (3) Shinab, king of Admad, (4) Shember, king of Zeboiim, and (5) the king of Bela, which is also called Zoar (Genesis 14:8).
Its lush tree-shaded groves graciously bestow their blessings of fine fruits.
The green canopy of its orchards stretch as far as the eye can see.
Pottery shards found with the skeletal remains indicate that approximately 3,000,000 pottery vessels were used in conjunction with the burials.