SciFriday: Sodom and the Cult of the Dead

AMONG THE MYSTERIES of ancient Sodom are the fields of megalithic funerary monuments called dolmens clustered around the city.

Dr. Steven Collins, chief archaeologist at Tall el-Hammam, explains why the dolmens of Sodom, unlike those elsewhere on earth, were not tombs, but probably used in ancient rituals connected to the cult of the dead.

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