The article I would like to talk about for this week is called ‘Geological data provide support for legendary Chinese flood’ from Archaeology News Network, published on August 4, 2016.
The title of this article attracts my attention at the time I firstly see it. This is a widely spread story in China, just as the story of Noah’s Ark is the western world. As a legendary story, it is quite interesting to see that archaeologists could discover some evidence to support the it.
This article mainly talks about the geological evidence of the great flood in roughly 1920 BC. By using the radiocarbon dating techniques on the sediments, archaeologists are able to determine the degree of broke towards the dam, and predicts the existence of the great flood in the history.
Besides the surprising of the possibility that the great flood might actually exist, I would put some doubts on the research. According to this article, the evidence is actually a little weak to determine the existence. There are many other possibilities, other than the great flood, that may cause the break of the dam. However, the coinciding date of the discover result and the legendary story, as well as some records of Xia dynasty, still looks interesting and the prediction seems to be reasonable in some degree. And it reminds us that there might be some other legendary stories which have their actual historical base if we finally test and verify this one.