Monday, November 06, 2006

Biblical archaeology update Professor's digs may be key to discovering infamous cities
Getting to join a dig in the Holy Land may sound like a dream for anyone who has some Indiana Jones tendencies.

But it's a very attainable goal being offered by Stephen Collins, an Albuquerque biblical archaeologist, who said he has uncovered the definitive site of Sodom and Gomorrah in Jordan.

Collins, who has done one of seven planned excavations, will have a seminar in El Paso to discuss his excavation on the Sodom site, known as Tall el-Hammam, and how others can join him in December on his next trip. He will speak Sunday at St. Clement's and bring his mobile museum of biblical artifacts.

This sounds okay. . . .with one exception:
But his most exciting find is a shard of pottery with a glasslike surface that looks like trinitite, a substance formed at the Trinity Site atomic bomb test near Alamogordo in 1945.

Unclear whether Collins is providing this interpretation or the reporter. The rest of the article doesn't make him seem like a crank though.