Mystery Explored: The Real Sin Cities: Sodom & Gomorrah
Expedition Dates: January 2 - 17, 2006


In the Book of Genesis, God punishes the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah with fire and brimstone as punishment for their sins.  Is the story just a cautionary tale, or did these cities really exist?  To find out, I traveled to the southeastern edge of the Dead Sea to examine the archaeological record.  In Jordan, I studied the charred ruins of Bab-Edh-Dhra and Numeira—thought by many to be the real Sodom and Gomorrah; I harvested pure sulfur and turned it into brimstone; in Israel, I scaled cliffs to measure one of the greatest earthquakes to ever hit the region; finally, I stood beneath a pillar of rock salt named “Lot’s Wife,” after the spouse who dared to gaze back on the handiwork of God.

Sponsoring Institution: The History Channel

Experts involved:
Dr. Konstantinos Politis, Archaeologist
Drs. Thomas & Marilyn Schaub, Archaeologists
Dr. David McCreery, Archaeologist
Rami Khouri, Political columnist
Locations Visited:
Amman, Jordan
Dead Sea, Jordan
Numeira Archaeological Site
Bab-Edh-Dhra Archaeological Site
Petra, Jordan
St. George’s Church, Jordan



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