On Ron Wyatt (official site Wyatt Archaeological Research [WAR] and Ark Discovery International) most evangelical archaeologist that I know considers him to be a fraudulent, pseudo-archaeologist, with most of his discoveries nothing more than a hoax. See Expose by TentMakers. Wyatt was not a trained archaeologist, but a Seventh Day Adventist adventurer and former nurse anesthetist. However, he was not an evil man but just deluded (he died in 1999). A list of his claims include:
- Noah’s Ark Debunked, Answers in Genesis response
- Location of Sodom and Gomorrah Debunked
- The real Mount Sinai (Jebel el Lawz also proposed by Bob Cornuke). Dr. Hoffmeier critique p. 133
- Chariot wheels of the Exodus False
- Ark of the Covenant in tunnel under the Temple of Solomon. No evidence submitted.
- Site of the Crucifixion of Christ
- many others
Without going into a lot of details, here are some of the reasons that the Associates for Biblical Research (ABR) have put forth about Ron Wyatt. The ABR organization is a group of academically trained evangelical archaeologists who evaluate the evidence of such claims and give professional opinions on the evidence presented.
For an in-depth critique of Wyatt’s claims published by Dr. Collin D. Standish, a Seventh Day Adventists (Wyatt's own denomination) see:
|Durupinar, 2006 Copyright David E. Graves|
Noah's ArkI have traveled to Turkey as the Director of Operations for ArcImaging, Archaeological Imaging Research Consortium based in Colorado visited Mt Ararat and examined the Durupınar phenomenon that Wyatt claims is Noah’s Ark
I surveyed the region in preparation for the Mount Ararat Expedition. May 7–16, 2006 . Samples were taken and determined to be nothing more than a geological formation with no petrified wood.
Sodom and Gomorrah
For archaeological evidence for the site of Tall el-Hammam as biblical Sodom see
Graves, David E. The Location of Sodom: Color Edition. Key Facts for Navigating the Maze of Arguments for the Location of the Cities of the Plain. Toronto: Electronic Christian Media, 2018.
Graves, David E. “Sodom And Salt in Their Ancient Near Eastern Cultural Context.” Near East Archaeological Society Bulletin 61 (2016): 18–36.
Collins, Steven, and Latayne C. Scott. Discovering the City of Sodom: The Fascinating, True Account of the Discovery of the Old Testament’s Most Infamous City. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Holden, Joseph M., and Steven Collins, eds. Harvest Handbook of Bible Lands: A Panoramic Survey of the History, Geography, and Culture of the Scriptures. Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 2020.
Collins, Steven. “Where Is Sodom? The Case for Tall el-Hammam.” Biblical Archaeology Review 39, no. 2 (2013), 31-41, 70–71.
Collins, Steven, Carroll M. Kobs, and Michael C. Luddeni. The Tall Al-Hammam Excavations: An Introduction to Tall al-Hammam with Seven Seasons (2005–2011) of Ceramics and Eight Seasons (2005–2012) of Artifacts. Vol. 1. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2015.
For an extensive bibliography and list of the Excavation Reports for Tall el-Hammam see Blog Sodom Research.