Archaeologist Steven Collins is directing a dig at a site he believes to be the infamous city of Sodom,
Collins, dean of the College of Archaeology at Trinity Southwest University in Albuquerque, N.M., has searched for a decade for Sodom and Gomorrah, which the Bible says were sinful cities destroyed by God. The excavation is of a Bronze Age site in Jordan, near the Dead Sea.
Collins is seeking to determine the authenticity of Old Testament patriarchal narratives, particularly the stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and Joshua.
He said findings of pottery and a mud-brick-and-earth rampart indicate that the city was destroyed in the Middle Bronze Age at about 2000 B.C., the time of Abraham and the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. He is using biblical text, archaeology and geography in his quest.