Drought exposes lost cities, ancient treasures and foreboding signs

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As drought and record heat span the world, bodies of water have evaporated and history has appeared. Dozens of ancient cities, sunken treasures and grim memories have revealed themselves for the first time in years and in some cases decades.

Hunger stones in the Czech Republic and Germany

“If you see me, cry,” reads an engraving in a stone at the bottom of the Elbe River in the Czech Republic.

The inscriptions on the so-called hunger stones date from 1616 and commemorate years of famine. The drought lowered river levels and exposed the rocks, allowing townspeople to write about lost crops due to lack of rain more than 400 years ago.

Drought exposed similar rocks in Germany when the Rhine sank this summer. Some German stones are as recent as the 1940s.

‘Spanish Stonehenge’

A shrinking reservoir uncovered an oval of rocks that scientists believe dates back to 5000 BC. It is called the dolmen of Guadaperal. An archaeologist discovered it in 1929, but the government later built a dam in the Tagus River and the rocks remained at the bottom of the Valdecanas Reservoir, according to an article in the journal Science.

A drought in Spain revealed the Dolmen of Guadalperal, or Spain’s Stonehenge.
PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images

The approximately 100 stones, some of which are 6 feet high, are arranged in an oval, reminiscent of the layout of England’s famous Stonehenge. So the formation in Spain is called “Spanish Stonehenge”.

The last time the megaliths saw the sun was in 2018, and the Doleman has only surfaced a handful of times since going under water. Archaeologists are busy examining the stones before the water level rises again.

Lost city found in Iraq

Archaeologists also made efforts to excavate and document a 3,400-year-old city in northern Iraq on the Tigris River. Extreme drought forced the country to pull down the Mosul reservoir to water crops, revealing the ancient city. In a press release, scientists called the reservoir Iraq’s most important water reservoir.

The German and Kurdish archaeologists responsible for the project think this could be Zakhiku, a center of the Mittani Empire that was built between 1550 and 1350 BC. large parts of northern Mesopotamia and Syria. They found a palace, massive fortress walls and towers. They also found multi-storey storage buildings full of pottery and tablets.

Archaeologists also made efforts to excavate and document a 3,400-year-old city in northern Iraq on the Tigris River.
Archaeologists also made efforts to excavate and document a 3,400-year-old city in northern Iraq on the Tigris River.
Universities of Freiburg and Tü

“It’s almost a miracle that cuneiform tablets made of unfired clay survived so many decades underwater,” said Peter Pfälzner, an archaeologist at the University of Tübingen of the discovery.

The well-preserved condition of the walls shocked the research team, as the walls are made of sun-dried mud bricks and have been submerged for more than 40 years, according to the press release from the University of Tübingen.

The team covered the site with plastic sheeting and gravel to protect it from the water. Recent rains have flooded the ancient treasure.

World War II Bomb in Italy

A fisherman on the growing banks of the River Po made a surprising discovery: a 992-pound World War II bomb. The local government evacuated 3,000 people before the explosives disposal service was able to move and detonate the American-made bomb in an 18-foot hole in a nearby quarry, Italian news organization Corriere Della Sera reported.

Shipwrecks from World War II in Serbia

Bomb squads were also at work in Serbia, where low levels on the Danube revealed dozens of German warships complete with ammunition and explosives, FOX News reported. Germany sank hundreds of ships when Soviet troops chased retreating Nazi troops during World War II.

A kayaker paddles past the wreckage of a World War II German warship.
A kayaker paddles past the wreckage of a World War II German warship.
Darko Vojinovic/AP

Officials feared the explosives pose a threat to shipping lanes.

Drought Rediscovers WWII Warships

Extremely low water levels due to drought on the Danube, uncovered warships from the Second World War on the sandy bottom.

600-year-old Buddha statues in China

Three 600 yearsancient Buddha statues surprised a swimmer on China’s Yangtze River. The trio find themselves on an island that is mostly under water.

“Because the temperatures are so high, the lakes and rivers are drying up and look what they found,” said FOX Weather meteorologist Amy Freeze.

The man who discovered the statues lost his shoes while swimming, but was so surprised that he took the 113-degree rocks barefoot to explore the ancient monuments. Check out the drone video of the find at the top of this article.

The giant Buddha below also grew out of drought and appeared in its entirety in Leshan, China.

The ongoing drought has significantly reduced the flow of the Dadu River, Qingyi River and Minhe River in Leshan. The giant Buddha has emerged completely from the water.

Dinosaur Tracks in Texas

Dinosaur tracks were discovered in a Texas state park.
Dinosaur tracks were discovered in a Texas state park.
Paul Baker – Friends of Dinosaur Valley

Park visitors in part of Texas were allowed to walk in 113-million-year-old footprints. The ongoing drought dried up part of a river in Dinosaur Valley State Park, exposing the huge footprints of a 7-ton acrocanthosaurus and a 60-foot-tall sauropoeidon.

Last week’s record rain in Texas may have filled them back up with the water and sediment they usually hide from view.

Dinosaur tracks discovered in Texas amid drought

Amid a drought, Dinosaur Valley State Park has discovered dinosaur footprints historically covered in water and sediment. They date from more than 113 million years ago.

Has the water level been this low before?

Climatologists claim in a recent study published in the journal Nature that the western US is experiencing its 22-year driest period in more than 1,200 years.

According to the World Meteorological Organization, China has just experienced its most intense heat wave since recording began in 1961. In July alone, the Chinese economy lost 2.73 billion yuan due to drought, according to China’s Ministry of Emergency Control.

Tourists take a boat to view the giant Buddha of Leshan on Aug. 20 in China.
Tourists take a boat to view the giant Buddha of Leshan on Aug. 20 in China.
Zhang Lang/China News Service via Getty Images

According to a recent report by the European Drought Observatory and the Joint Research Center of the European Union, this is Europe’s worst drought in more than 500 years. Nearly 50% of the EU has been warned of drought, and another 17% is on alert.

This is also the worst drought in France’s history, according to the report. Portugal and Spain are rationing water and countries like Germany, France, Italy, Romania and the UK have enacted water restrictions.

According to the report, low water levels reduce electricity production in several countries.

The Valley Voice
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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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