A geochemist Sun Weidong argues that the civilization of China originated in Ancient Egypt not really China. The highly decorated scientist concluded after he used radiometric dating to analyze Chinese bronzes from 1400 B.C. he noticed that a particular set of artifacts, the YIN-Shang Bronzes, has a greater similarity in terms of its chemical composition metals from Egypt than from China.

In all of the earliest Chinese bronze known to archeologists, Ying-Shang wares are the only one of their kind that contains lead isotopes which is only found from south Africa and zimbabwe. Sun gives the two explanations: it’s either the bronze ware was cast just near Egypt, then brought to China or people migrated from Africa to China with bronze and tin ores. Mabe the most interesting than sans research  is the social ramifications his work is having in China, a country with a national identity deeply rooted in its rich culture and history.  As a result of this fervent cultural identity, the Chinese archaeology field favors a nationalist narrative. Unsurprisingly, many have disputed Sun’s claims, which essentially rewrite Chinese history. In fact, the study sparked a centuries-old debate at the heart of the country’s identity.

The thesis became controversial when Kooniao posted online in the form of a 93,000 character essay in. Caixin magazine commented, ‘His courageous title and plain language attracted the interest of more than a few readers.’ That title was Explosive Archaeological Discovery: The Ancestors of the Chinese People Came from Egypt, and the essay was reproduced and discussed online, on internet portals such as Sohu and popular message boards such as Zhihu and Tiexue. Kooniao also creates a widely read page dedicated to the subject on the microblogging platform Weibo—hashtagged ‘Chinese People Come From Egypt’—which contains a useful sample of responses from the public. Some of these simply express outrage, often to the point of incoherence: ‘That expert’s absurd theory randomly accepts anyone as his forebears,’ fumed one. ‘This is people’s deep inferiority complex at work!’ Another asked, ‘How can the children of the Yellow Emperor have run over to Egypt? This topic is really too pathetic. The important thing is to live in the moment!’”

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