Treasures of the past revealed by historic drought

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Buried city, giant dinosaur, prophetic inscriptions, for a few months in the four corners of the planet, vestiges of the past have resurfaced in rivers, lakes and rivers that have dried up due to the drought that many regions of the world are experiencing.

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


Less spectacular, but just as frightening are the “hunger stones” that were discovered this summer, in the Czech Republic, Germany and also in France. Visible when the water is very low, these rocks were engraved several hundred years ago to warn of a famine to come.

In Vix, in the Côte-d’Or, on an archaeological site, one of the most important excavation sites of the First European Iron Age, motifs retracing the location of buildings have been unearthed: the sparse vegetation makes it more visible from the sky the old constructions such as ditches, walls and pile holes.

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Villages that reappear…

Other vestiges of a dark period, about twenty German boats dating from the Second World War have also resurfaced in the Danube and are now stranded on sandbanks.

In Wales, Spain, Iraq and France, submerged villages have also resurfaced. In Spain, the small village of Aceredo had been submerged thirty years ago because of a dam, but the level of the reservoir has dropped so much that the houses appear again – some of them rather well preserved -, becoming a high place tourism in southern Galicia. In Extremadura this time, the fall in the waters of an artificial lake has also caused the reappearance of a Neolithic site, the cromlech of Guadalperal, a set of 140 megaliths 7,000 years old.


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

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