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An archaeological team led by Steven Collins of the University of the Southern Caribbean in New Mexico has discovered a large number of artifacts and monumental structures that reveal a large city-state of considerable size dating back to the Bronze Age and that it came to dominate the southern part of Jordan, exactly in the Jordan Valley, during a time when other large cities were abandoned during their decline.
The site of the excavations is known as Tall el-hamam and Collins' team has been conducting field studies for over 10 years, revealing a vast amount of information, although this is amazing.
Collins stated that knows very little about the Bronze Age in Middle Ghor (south of the Jordan River Valley) and many of the archaeological maps of this area were completely blank and little or nothing was known or suspected of the possibility that there would have been a city-state in this area, something that even the most learned did not know.
When compared to the remains found in other nearby cities, Collins stated that it could even be the lost city of Sodom, which was destroyed, according to legend, by God himself after a cataclysm of fire since it was a true city of sin.
This hypothesis is supported because when the area was explored and the first finds were made, there were indications that what had been found was, at least, five to ten times larger than any other Bronze Age site that had been discovered throughout the region, even more larger than the one known as Kikkar.
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Collins affirms that in addition to having all the signs of being the famous biblical city, this place will allow you to know the history of a town that prospered so much that it became one of the largest cities in all this latitude at the time of the Bronze Age, thanks mainly to the strategic enclave in which it was located, with a significant number of water resources and trade routes, being a true power between 3,500 and 1,540 BC.
At the time it had a thick wall of 5.2 meters and about 10 meters high, with towers, gates and many defensive areas, which made this place practically impenetrable, which allowed them to be safely protected against the attacks of the enemy hordes, being able to live even in autarky.
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