Scientists believe that an Aboriginal story about the formation of a volcano could be the oldest story ever 37,000 years ago
- An old Aboriginal story describes the formation of a volcano called Budj Bim
- Scientists said two volcanoes erupted 37,000 years ago in southwestern Victoria
- Researchers said that dating of stones shows that the story can be based on facts
Geologists say that an Aboriginal story describing the creation of a volcano in southwest Victoria could be the oldest story in existence – and they have scientific evidence to support this.
The story told by the Gunditjmara people describes their version of the formation of a volcano called Budj Bim, which originated around 37,000 years ago.
The old story describes how four giant creatures arrived in southwest Australia and three scattered around the country, while one remained in one place.
The lonely is squatted and his teeth turn into lava while his body turns into the volcano known as Budj Bim.
The old Aboriginal story about the formation of the Budj Bim volcano in southwest Victoria (shown here in a 19th-century drawing) can be supported by hard facts, scientists believe
Scientists believe the story describes the creation of a real volcano that has formed in Budj Bim National Park (photo)
New evidence has shown that Budji Bim and another volcano quickly formed in the area around 37,000 years ago Science Magazine.
Geologist Erin Matchan from the University of Melbourne and her colleagues investigated an ancient stone ax buried in the volcanic rock near the ancient Tower Hill volcano in the region in the 1940s.
Both these rocks and the rocks of nearby Budj Bim, just 40 kilometers to the northwest, are dated by the geology team using an established method that is dependent on measuring radioactive decay.
Their findings confirmed that both volcanoes were formed around 37,000 years ago in a rapid process that they could have seen several meters rise in a few days.
This could be the key to the Gunditjmara story, because a sudden double burst may have inspired the story of the four giants.
A team of geologists dated volcanic rocks that were found in Budj Bim Park (photo) at 37,000 years old
Ms. Matchan said that in the meantime there have been no other major volcanic eruptions that could have affected the people in the area.
The CEO of Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation, Damein Bell, said the new findings emphasized their old bond with the country.
He said: “As with all First Nations in the world, our stories, heritage, identity and survival are connected to our traditional homelands and waters.”
The 37,000-year-old Aboriginal legend describing the history of the Budj Bim country (photo) could be the oldest story in human history