Europe’s drought reveals historic treasures Kids News Article

More than half of Europe has experienced drought this summer. (European Drought Observatory/CC BY-SA 3.0/Wikimedia Commons)

Europe experimented its hottest summer in recorded history in 2022. High temperatures and arid weather have dried up water bodies, destroyed crops and sparked several wildfires. The only silver lining? The extreme weather has caused water levels to drop low enough to expose artifacts the past.

Serbia

In Serbia, the drop in the water level of the Danube, the second largest river in Europe, has revealed more than twenty Nazi German warships filled with ammunition and explosive devices. WWII ships on display are just one to taste hundreds deliberately sunk by the Germans as they attempted to to run away progress Soviet troops in 1944.

Spain

In central Spain, the Drought revealed the Dolmen of Guadalperal, a prehistoric stone circle dating from 5000 BCE. the old monumentdubbed the “Spanish Stonehenge”, was search by german archaeologist Hugo Obermaier in 1926. In 1963 the Spanish government flooded the area to build what is now Valdecañas tank. The recent drought caused the reservoir’s water level to drop to 23% of its capacity, allowing historians to catch a Overview of the ancient relic.

Enrique Cedillo, an archaeologist at the Complutense University of Madrid, told Reuters“It’s a surprise…a rare opportunity power to access this.”

Germany and the Czech Republic

Drought reveals ‘hunger stones’ in Germany and the Czech Republic. (Dr. Bernd Gross/CC-BY-SA-3.0/Wikipedia.org)

The dry banks of the Rhine in Germany and the Elbe in the Czech Republic have discovered the so-called “hunger stones”. The severe stones, which date from 1947 to as recent as 2018, commemorate famine and other difficulties. Some rocks are registered with just dates and initials. Other Features terrible messages, such as “If you see me, then cry” and “When this falls apart, life will become more colorful again”.

Resources: Smithsonianmag.com, euronews.com, Zenger.news