Nazi Ships, Ghost Villages, and Hunger Stones: Ten Spooky Discoveries in Dry Rivers


As Europe experiences its worst drought in at least 500 years, new discoveries are emerging.

Landscapes across Europe and beyond are being transformed Forest firesmelt glacier and other disasters threaten erase whole regions.

When these terrains change Flow Beds are drying up, revealing archaeological treasures never seen before.

Here are some of the most unbelievable finds so far.

Spain: Ancient Roman “ghost town”

An eerie Roman ghost village has emerged from the depths more than 2000 years after it disappeared under the water.

The old camp had been submerged for centuries under a reservoir on the Lima River to the northwest Spain.

Experts believe it was a Roman military camp called Aquis Querquennis, built around AD 75.

The haunted ruins now uncovered by the record-breaking drought include evidence of a temple, thermal baths, a hospital and army barracks.

Italy: Old pillars of Nero’s Bridge

The Tiber has shrunk rapidly in Italy’s worst drought in 70 years. Low water levels have uncovered two of the ancient pillars of Nero’s bridge. The bridge was built for Nero in the first century to reach his Gianicolo Hill Gardens near what is now St. Peter’s Square. The piers fell into disrepair in the third century and are usually submerged under water.

In Italy’s driest season, one of the pillars usually emerges, but seeing two is rare.

“Because the river’s water level is so low now, due to widespread drought across Italy, we can see much more of the bridge’s piers than usual,” says historian Anthony Majanlahti.

Serbia: Nazi warships along the Danube

A fleet of Nazi- Warships have reappeared along the Danube Serbia. The Danube is Europe’s second longest river, but has neared a record low this year due to drought.

The EU and the European Investment Bank are funding an operation to remove the ships. Experts estimate that there are about 40 sunken ships in the river.

Spain: The Dolmen of Guadelperal

synced’Spanish Stonehenge‘ The dolmen of Guadelperal was uncovered due to the retreat of the water. The stone circle from the year 5,000 BC. BC was inundated in 1963 due to flooding caused by one of General Franco’s rural development projects. Since then it has only been visible four times. But with the Iberian Peninsula as dry as it has been for the past 1,200 years, more sightings could be on the horizon in the future.

Germany: Hunger Stones on the Rhine

in the Germanyso-called “hunger stones” appeared along the Rhine. This type of rock is traditionally found in Central Europe, with engravings to commemorate it famine and other hardships. Dates visible on the most recently discovered stones include 1947, 1959, 2003 and 2018. They are intended to serve as a low water warning for future generations.

Italy: A World War II bomb in the Po

As the waters of the Po shrank in devastating contractions drought, Italy discovered a dud Second World War Bomb. Experts from the Italian army safely detonated the find. In other places, the water level dropped so low that the ruins of a medieval city came to light.

Iraq: The Lost City of the Mitanni Empire

in the Iraq, an entire Bronze Age city was discovered in the Mosul Dam. The archaeological site of Kemune is around 3,400 years old and was once an important city in the Mitanni Empire. The discovery came as a result of the draining of the Mosul Dam to save dying crops. Iraq is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world to the effects of climate change.

China: Island discovery in the Yangtze

China has also made discoveries in dry rivers as the country faces a 70-day heatwave and prolonged drought. With the lowering of the water level of the Yangtze River, an entire island with three ancient statues has emerged.

China’s largest freshwater lake, Lake Poyang, has also reached levels normally seen in the off-season at the earliest since records began in 1951. On August 19, only 9.87 meters were measured.

Satellite images released by earth imaging company Planet Labs PBC show how a previously lush, green stretch near the village of Zhupaoshan has dried to shades of brown.

As the Jialing River nears a record low, the Qiansimen Bridge stands tall over a dry river bed.

UK: Dinosaur Sculptures by Crystal Palace

In the Crystal Palace United Kingdom, park visitors came across newly uncovered dinosaur sculptures in its lake. Crystal Palace Dinos, an organization protecting these sculptures, said on Twitter that both a lack of rain and a failure to regularly dredge were to blame.

USA: Dinosaur tracks in Texas

across the Atlantic, dinosaur have also made a name for themselves this year. In Texas, drought has drained the Paluxey River, revealing impressive dinosaur footprints that have been hidden for 113 million years.

Elsewhere, in Las Vegashorrible Mafia Secrets are uncovered in Lake Mead. As extreme temperatures reduce the lake to just 27 percent capacity, the remains of at least three people have been found — including one of a man with a bullet hole in his head.


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