WInquiring of the Dao at the Cave of Paradisehat caused ancient China’s gigantic floods?  Who was the real Yellow Emperor?  Who was Archer Yi, what was his vermilion bow, how did he target and shoot down nine of ten suns, and why were there ten suns in the first place?

We now know the answers to these and other questions about ancient China.  These answers can lead us to a new understanding of Chinese history, of the worldwide Bronze Age catastrophes, and of the history of climate change.

Catastrophes and Climate Change in Ancient China  —  PDF


Kenneth J. Dillon and Miao Li


Addendum:  The “stone ladders” of Taidong, Taiwan (Kai Hofmann, appear to have been earthquake/tsunami warning devices.  They have a parallel in Teotihuacan, Mexico.  In Teotihuacan the Avenue of the Dead (image from Wikipedia) contains a gradually ascending series of large, dry basins.  According to an anonymous engineer, they were intended to be filled with water and serve as an earthquake warning device.  So, too, in Taidong the approximately 15 much smaller stone ladder-basins were evidently sequenced so that water would flow slowly and evenly from one to another–except when disrupted by a foreshock.  While local earthquakes were a concern in Taiwan, tsunamis such as the gigantic ones during the Bronze Age catastrophes were likely much more dreaded.  The ladder-basins may have been able to detect seaquakes far to the south and east, providing precious warning time to head for high ground before tsunamis.


For detective work on ancient and modern history, see Dillon’s The Knowable Past (2nd edition, Washington, D.C.:  Scientia Press, 2019).

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