I disagree. I find it fascinating.
I think we atheists have a gut instinct to reject any “biblical archeology,” as it’s usually led by unqualified hucksters trying to prove the bible was real.
But if we step back a moment, we’re all members of the same human race that have told stories for thousands of years, from long before there were written records. Your ancestors and mine were telling stories and passing them down the generations. Some of these stories, very few of them, remain even now. Isn’t it fascinating to find some of the millennia-old events that created them, and how our ancestors tried to make sense of them?
It reminds me of a much more recent example: when calculating the time of the Pacific Northwest’s last “really big” earthquake, which was around 1700, before written records in North America:
Once scientists had reconstructed the 1700 earthquake, certain previously overlooked accounts also came to seem like clues.
Chief Louis Nookmis, of the Huu-ay-aht First Nation, in British Columbia, told a story, passed down through seven generations, about the eradication of Vancouver Island’s Pachena Bay people. “I think it was at nighttime that the land shook,” Nookmis recalled. According to another tribal history, “They sank at once, were all drowned; not one survived.”
Sure, only 300 years, not 3000 or more, and without turning it into a supernatural event (although I wonder if there weren’t any supernatural tellings of it by other tribes). But still an example of finding the root of a several-century-old human story.