Artifacts reemerge due to heat


  • Extreme weather affects everything from agriculture to energy transportation everywhere.
  • Re-emerging artifacts have been lost over time due to natural forces or due to development.
  • A prehistoric stone circle and medieval village was discovered in Spain amid extreme drought.

Ancient relics, prehistoric treasures and medieval villages are among the underwater artifacts that have surfaced as water levels around the world plummeted due to drought.

This year, the United States has been hit hard by major flooding, water shortages and scorching temperatures. Multiple sets of human remains have resurfaced in Lake Mead as water levels continue to drop.

Climate change affects everything from agriculture to energy transportation, and many areas are not equipped with the infrastructure to deal with such extremes.

Europe is facing record heat waves. China issued a drought emergency this week as areas of the Yangtze River dry up, Chinese state media say.

It also improves the physical and mental well-being of those most affected. Poor people and other marginalized groups are often the hardest hit by climate change, according to the United Nations.

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Terrifying photographs show re-emerging artifacts once lost to natural forces or to man. Here’s a look at what’s been rediscovered.

Ancient Buddhist Statues

Three ancient Buddhist statues believed to be about 600 years old were unveiled on a previously sunken island in the Yangtze River during a severe drought and heat wave in southwestern China.

‘Spanish Stonehenge’

Spain experienced its warmest month in July since at least 1961, putting Spain’s reservoirs at just 40 percent of capacity on average earlier this month, Reuters said.

The dolmen of Guadalperal, or ‘Spanish Stonehenge’, in the Spanish province of Cáceres are completely exposed‎ by low water levels.

The prehistoric stone circle with more than 100 standing rocks was discovered in 1926 by German archaeologist Hugo Obermaier and dates back to about 7,000 years ago.

Amalie Garcia, 54, stands next to The Dolmen of Guadalperal, a megalithic monument created as a result of drought in the Valdecanas Reservoir in El Gordo, western Spain, Saturday, August 13, 2022. In the wake of three heatwaves and little rain in sight , Spain's reservoirs are getting emptier by the week, and not just in the traditionally drier southern part of the country.  The drought in Spain started early in the year after the country experienced the second driest winter in more than 60 years, according to the government.

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According to NASA, the rocks were flooded in the 1960s during a rural development project under the Francisco Franco dictatorship. In 2019, the entire structure was uncovered for the first time since the Valdecañas reservoir was filled during the project.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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