Outburst flood at 1920 BCE supports historicity of China’s Great Flood and the Xia dynasty

  title={Outburst flood at 1920 BCE supports historicity of China’s Great Flood and the Xia dynasty},
  author={Qinglong Wu and Zhijun Zhao and Li Liu and Darryl E. Granger and Hui Wang and David J Cohen and Xiaohong Wu and Maolin Ye and O. Bar-Yosef and Bin Lu and Jin Zhang and Peizhen Zhang and Dao-yang Yuan and Wuyun Qi and Linhai Cai and Shibiao Bai},
  pages={579 - 582}
Flood control initiates Chinese civilization Around four millennia ago, Emperor Yu the Great succeeded in controlling a huge flood in the Yellow River basin. This is considered to have led to the establishment of the Xia dynasty and the start of Chinese civilization. However, the dates of the events and the links between them have remained uncertain and controversial. Using stratigraphic data and radiocarbon dating, Wu et al. verify that the flood occurred and place the start of the Xia dynasty… Expand
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Comment on “Outburst flood at 1920 BCE supports historicity of China’s Great Flood and the Xia dynasty”
It is argued that the physical evidence for the historicity of China’s legendary Great Flood and Xia dynasty is unreliable, and the authors’ arguments are unconvincing. Expand


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