Treasures of the past revealed by historical drought

Treasures of the past revealed by historical drought

Treasures of the past revealed by historical drought

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Buried city, giant dinosaur, prophetic inscriptions, for some months in the four corners of the planet, vestiges of the past have re-emerged in rivers, lakes and rivers that have dried up due to the drought experienced by many regions of the world.

The footprints measure almost 50 cm. They were found in late August in Texas, in a dry river bed. They are those of an acrocanthosaurus, one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs ever. The traces date back at least 113 million years.


Less spectacular, but equally frightening are the “hunger stones” that were discovered this summer in the Czech Republic, Germany and even France. Visible when the water is very shallow, these rocks were carved several hundred years ago to warn of an impending famine.

In Vix, in the Côte-d’Or, in an archaeological site, one of the most important excavation sites of the early European Iron Age, motifs that trace the location of the buildings have been unearthed: the sparse vegetation makes it more visible from the sky the old buildings such as moats, walls and stilts.

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Villages that reappear …

Other vestiges of a dark period, about twenty German boats dating back to the Second World War have also re-emerged in the Danube and are now stranded on sand banks.

Submerged villages have also re-emerged in Wales, Spain, Iraq and France. In Spain, the small village of Aceredo was submerged thirty years ago by a dam, but the level of the reservoir has dropped so much that the houses – some of which are quite well preserved – reappear, becoming a place of excellence. tourist in southern Galicia. In Extremadura this time, the fall into the waters of an artificial lake also caused the reappearance of a Neolithic site, the cromlech of Guadalperal, a set of 140 7,000-year-old megaliths.


In China, on the banks of the Yangtze, three 600-year-old Buddhist statues have been discovered, which also records worrying levels. So many surprising and alarming discoveries …

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