Sodom & Gomorrah Research Pt. 1
Based upon Ron Wyatt's research
The location of these cities, along with the other cities of the
plain, has long been the subject of speculation and search. As most
people who keep up with this type of thing know, there are several
One is that the cities are today under the waters of the southern tip
of the Dead Sea. Another is that they are located on the Jordanian shore
of the Dead Sea on a plateau where five archaeological sites have been
However, these five sites are five hundred feet above the plain on a
plateau, not the plain as is so specifically stated in the Bible. Also,
they are far too small to have been cities -- the largest was ten acres
and the next was two acres.
Searching for the locations of these cities was never Ron's
intention. But from 1978 on, Ron made many, many trips along the Israeli
coast of the Dead Sea as he traveled to the various sites he worked on,
and in the early 1980's he was suddenly struck by the strange appearance
of some "formations" he passed. They looked to him like city walls and
buildings, only whitish in color.
For many years, he did nothing about his suspicions but in 1989, I
received a call from him while he was in Israel in which he told me he
thought he had located the five sites. He described their locations and
asked me to do some research into what the Bible said regarding their
He told me the sites were not concentrated at the southern end of the
Dead Sea but instead were spread out over many, many miles, from just
below the southern tip of the Dead Sea to about ten or so miles above
the northern tip. In the past, he had just driven past and noticed four
areas, but this trip he had driven further north, seeing if there was a
fifth. There was.
Also, he and his crew had driven into one of the whitish areas and
discovered something that convinced Ron that these whitish colored
formations weren't just geological. He found a spot where a road had
been cut through some of the whitish material and where the fresh cut
was, the freshly exposed interior of the material displayed a layering
effect which swirled in such a manner as to make it obvious that these
weren't geological layers.
Where Were the Sites Located?
In searching the Bible for clues to their locations, I found the
verse where four of the cities were mentioned as forming part of the
boundaries of the Canaanites:
GEN 10:19 And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou
comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah,
and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.
In viewing a map, it seemed strange that Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah and
Zeboim would each be listed if they were all in the same general
location, at the south end of the Dead Sea. It seemed logical that the
cities were to be located along at least "some" distance to all be
included in this Biblical description of the borders of Canaan.
Not Located according to Traditional Thought
Ron's description of the location of the sites he had found were,
indeed, scattered over a distance of over fifty or more miles, a concept
that seemed pretty fantastic at first. Of course, I was familiar with
all the accepted theories that the cities were all grouped together and
had never considered that this was incorrect. So I noted each location
on the map, as he had described them. But it was the location of the
last site, which would have been Zeboim, that I found the most
incredible. He had said it was several miles above the northern end of
the Dead Sea, past Jericho. I searched the Bible for any clues and found
a most exciting one in First Samuel:
1SA 13:16-18 And Saul, and Jonathan his son, and the people that
were present with them, abode in Gibeah of Benjamin: but THE
PHILISTINES ENCAMPED IN MICHMASH. And the spoilers came out of the
camp of the Philistines in three companies: one company turned unto
the way that leadeth to Ophrah, unto the land of Shual: And another
company turned the way to Bethhoron: and ANOTHER COMPANY TURNED TO THE
WAY OF THE BORDER THAT LOOKETH TO THE VALLEY OF ZEBOIM TOWARD THE
Examining a map, I saw that this description of the Philistines
coming out of Michmash had one company going north, one going west, and
the last one heading directly east- and the one heading east to the
Valley called "Zeboim" was heading to the same place that Ron found the
last site! It made perfect sense that the name of the city was preserved
throughout the years even though the city was long ago destroyed, just
as Mt. Sodom even today still bears the name "Sodom". Israel had
displaced the Canaanites- Zeboim was a border city of Canaan, and now
its ashen remains were a border of Israel.
Later in 1989, we visited the site just below Masada and took samples
of the whitish material which we all discovered broke right off in our
hands and disintegrated into particles the consistency of talcum powder.
It certainly LOOKED like ash! But what to do about this information was
a puzzle. After all, these sites have been right out in plain sight
since their destruction in about 1897 BC. What did people think they
I asked some people who were filming a TV commercial for a blue jeans
company at one site what the strange formations were. Their reply was
that they were formed when the Dead Sea had once covered the entire
area. Interesting. When we had the whitish material tested at several
labs, we were told it was ash.
Not only that, but we were told by several geologists that any area
that has ever been underwater will contain CLAY. The whitish material
contained no clay. It had never been underwater.
But even more importantly, if the whole plain area between the Dead
Sea and the mountains had once been underwater, then these formations
would have been evenly distributed over the entire area that had been
covered. Yet, they weren't. They were isolated. What to do next was a
puzzle. Everyone agreed that it would be quite difficult to convince
anyone that these were the sites without some conclusive evidence.
Lot Saw the "Plain of Jordan" from near Bethel
We spent some time studying the Scriptures to learn all we could.
Ron's theory was certainly "bucking" the establishment's theories. He
was placing these cities from one end of the Dead Sea to the other, and
beyond. We found some clues we hadn't thought of before. We have
shortened some of these verse to make the reading apply to the point we
want to demonstrate. Please read the entire verses in your own Bibles:
GEN 13:2-4 And Abram...went...to Bethel,... between Bethel and Hai;
Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and
there Abram called on the name of the LORD....
This is to show where Abraham went when he returned from Egypt. He
went to the region of Bethel. And with him was Lot, his nephew. At this
time, the decision is made that they should split up because the land
simply wouldn't accommodate all of their herds, along with the herds of
the native inhabitants of the region. So, Abraham asks Lot what land he
wants, giving him first choice. While standing there:
GEN 13:10-12 "Lot LIFTED UP HIS EYES, AND BEHELD ALL THE PLAIN OF
JORDAN, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD
destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the
land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar. Then LOT CHOSE him all THE
PLAIN OF JORDAN; and Lot JOURNEYED EAST: and they separated themselves
the one from the other. Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and LOT
DWELLED IN THE CITIES OF THE PLAIN, and PITCHED HIS TENT TOWARD
While standing in the region of Bethel, obviously high on a hilltop,
Lot looked and saw the Jordan Valley. Now this is quite a distance away,
and because of the mountains, only the northern end of this valley could
be seen- certainly not as far south as Sodom or Gomorrah. One author in
the late 1800s checked this out for himself, and this is what he wrote:
"...what can there be seen is the northern end of the Dead Sea, the
Jordan Valley, and the river running like a blue thread through the
green plain. The hills of Engedi shut out completely all view of the
southern end of the sea; but as I before said, the northern end, where
the Jordan runs in, and about two or three miles of the sea, can be
seen. I have wandered all over the Bethel hills and tested this
question." ("The Bible and Modern Discoveries" by Henry A. Harper, a
Member of the Palestine Exploration Fund Society, 1891.)
What this means is that the area Lot saw WAS the northern end of the
area now occupied by the Dead Sea. When he traveled EAST, this is where
he journeyed to. And then, it said he "dwelled in the cities of the
plain", which is not a specific designation, and then that he "pitched
his tent toward Sodom", or went in that direction. We later learn that
he took up residence in that city.
So, the Biblical account shows that the "Plain of Jordan" did indeed
cover a large area since the northern region is what caught Lot's eye.
Then, it describes Lot "dwelling" in the "cities of the plain" and then
pitching his tent "toward Sodom". Perhaps this is describing Lot's
travels, with him first staying in other cites and finally continuing on
in the direction of Sodom, where we know he finally settled.
We must remember that Lot had a tremendous amount of animals because
the whole reason he separated from Abraham was because their combined
flocks were too much for the land around Bethel. So, as Lot journeyed
through the plain, he had to travel slowly, taking his flocks with him.
Wherever he stopped along the way, he had to have enough pasture land
for the animals. And when he finally settled in Sodom, he still had to
have pasture land for his flocks. This indicates that there was pasture
land near the city. The sites Ron located are all several miles apart,
with plenty of land between them.