Dating of archaeological sites
Pottery shards found with the skeletal remains indicate that approximately 3,000,000 pottery vessels were used in conjunction with the burials.Other funerary items include clay figurines of goddesses, wooden staffs, sandals and reed baskets, some still containing food remains.(A shaft-tomb is a vertical hole, about 3 feet in diameter, dug into the rocky ground to a depth of approximately 6 feet.) At the bottom of each shaft were 1-5 horizontal shallow shafts, each containing between 1-6 bodies.In addition, there were a number of mud-brick buildings, charnel houses that are repositories for bones or bodies of the dead.Its lush tree-shaded groves graciously bestow their blessings of fine fruits.
In fact, as incredible as it may seem, the two places are one and the same. The very names of these two cities, Sodom and Gomorrah, are associated with sin and debauchery. The first description of the desolate territory is the area once inhabited by the wealthy, aristocratic Sodomites as it appears today.Each charnel house contained the remains of several hundred people.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.