From ‘Spanish Stonehenge’ to Nero Bridge: World Artifacts That Reemerged Due to Heatwave

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From ‘Spanish Stonehenge’ to Nero Bridge: World Artifacts That Reemerged Due to Heatwave

From ‘Spanish Stonehenge’ to Nero Bridge: World Artifacts That Reemerged Due to Heatwave

With temperatures regularly exceeding 40C (104F) in a number of cities across the globe, the current heatwave is described as the most extreme in six decades. 2022.08.25, Sputnik International

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Scorching heat, which has already hit almost half of our planet, led to the lower drain of reservoirs and the lower drain of reservoirs, which in turn resulted in an array of curious artifacts reemerging from the water. Here’s a look into some of them.Buddhist Statues Three Buddhist statues was found after plunging water levels of the Yangtze River revealed a submerged island in China’s southwestern city of Chongqing earlier this summer.The trio, which is believed to be 600 years old, were Discovered on the highest part of the island reef. One of the statues, called Foyeliang, shows a monk apparently sitting on a lotus pedestal.Water levels of the Yangtze River, the third-longest in the world, have been falling swiftly due to a drought and a heatwave in China’s southwestern region.13 Million-Year Dinosaur FootprintsIn Texas, a severe drought that dried up a river has exposed two ancient reptiles’ footprints in the Lone Star state’s Dinosaur Valley State Park. Spokesperson Stephanie Salinas explained that “most tracks that have recently been uncovered and discovered at different parts of the river in the park belong to […] a dinosaur that would stand, as an adult, about 15 feet (4 meters) tall and (weigh) close to seven tones”. In addition, archaeologists found traces of Sauroposeidon, which in its adult state reached about the height of 60 feet ( 18 meters) and weighed around 44 tons. Scientists believe the dinosaur footprints indicate that the reptile lived some 113 million years ago. According to representatives of the park, this is one of the world’s longest dinosaur trails ever found.’Spanish Stonehenge’ The ancient Dolmen of Guadalperal, also known as “the Spanish Stonehenge”, has emerged from a reservoir near the capital Madrid as Spain faces its worst drought in 60 years. The monument, believed to date back to at least 5,000 BC, is currently fully exposed in one corner of the Valdecanas Reservoir, where the water level has decreased to about 28% of capacity due to scorching heat. Archaeologist Enrique Cedillo from Madrid’s Complutense University told Reuters that seeing “the Spanish Stonehenge” is a “surprise” and “rare opportunity to be able to access it”. The monument features a massive circle of about 150 standing stones, with some more than 1.8 meters tall, taking the form of an open oval.Ruins of Ancient Iraqi City A 3,400 year-old city has emerged from the depths of the Mosul Reservoir due to an extreme drought in Iraq, allowing archaeologists to study the ruins for only the second time since a dam was built nearby in the 1980s.Researchers think that the ruins may be of Zakhiku, a major hub for the Mittani Empire, which thrived on the banks of the Tigris River between 1,550 and 1,350 BC An international team of archaeologists discovered a large fortification with walls and towers, an industrial complex and a multi-story storage facility.They also found over 100 unfired clay tablets, imprinted with cuneiform, which archaeologists hope will offer them clues about the lives of the citizens of the Mittani Empire, or events when the city fell.Nero Bridge In heatwave-hit Rome, the Tiber River exposed the ruins of a bridge built under Empe ror Nero, who ruled from 54 AD until his suicide ele in 68 AD. The bridge, which connected the Field of Mars with the opposite bank of the Tiber, was demolished in 500 to prevent the Goths from entering and vandalizing Rome. Since, it has been resting under the waters of the Tiber, reappearing only in rare cases when the river becomes critically shallow. The current water level in the Tiber River has reached its lowest in about half a century due to the ongoing drought.” Hunger Stones’ The unusually hot weather similarly led to the so-called “hunger stones” resurfacing in some European rivers, including the Elbe and the Rhine. The mysterious stones, which are visible only during periods of severe drought, have various messages about previous disasters caused by water shortages.The oldest inscription on the “hunger stone” found in the Elbe River dates back to 1616 and reads, “If you see me, weep”.Echo of War The scorching heat also rode roughshod over the Danube River, where water levels plunged to record-law, exposing the hulks of more than 20 explosive-laden Nazi warships sunk during World War II near Serbia’s port town of Prahovo.The vessels were scuttled along the Danube by Nazi Germany’s Black Sea fleet in 19 44 when they retreated from advancing Soviet forces. Many of the warships reportedly contain metric tons of ammunition and explosives and pose a threat to shipping.

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With temperatures regularly exceeding 40C (104F) in a number of cities across the globe, the current heatwave is described as the most extreme in six decades.

Scorching heat, which has already hit almost half of our planet, led to the lower drain of reservoirs and the lower drain of reservoirs, which in turn resulted in an array of curious artifacts reemerging from the water. Here’s a look into some of them.

Buddhist Statues

Three Buddhist statues was found after plumbing water levels of the Yangtze River revealed a submerged island in China’s southwestern city of Chongqing earlier this summer.

The trio, which is believed to be 600 years old, were discovered on the highest part of the island reef. One of the statues, called Foyeliang, shows a monk apparently sitting on a lotus pedestal.

Water levels of the Yangtze River, the third-longest in the world, have been falling swiftly due to a drought and a heatwave in China’s southwestern region.

13 Million Year Dinosaur Footprints

In Texas, a severe drought that dried up a river has exposed two ancient reptiles’ footprints in the Lone Star state’s Dinosaur Valley State Park.

Spokesperson Stephanie Salinas explained that “most tracks that have recently been discovered and discovered at different parts of the river in the park belong to […] a dinosaur that would stand, as an adult, about 15 feet (4 meters) tall and (weigh) close to seven tones”.

In addition, archaeologists found traces of Sauroposeidon, which in its adult state reached about the height of 60 feet (18 meters) and weighed around 44 tons. Scientists believe the dinosaur footprints indicate that the reptile lived some 113 million years ago. According to representatives of the park, this is one of the world’s longest dinosaur trails ever found.

‘Spanish Stonehenge’

The ancient Dolmen of Guadalperal, also known as “the Spanish Stonehenge”, has emerged from a reservoir near the capital Madrid as Spain faces its worst drought in 60 years.

The monument, believed to date back to at least 5,000 BC, is currently fully exposed in one corner of the Valdecanas Reservoir, where the water level has decreased to about 28% of capacity due to scorching heat.

Archaeologist Enrique Cedillo from Madrid’s Complutense University told Reuters that seeing “the Spanish Stonehenge” is a “surprise” and “rare opportunity to be able to access it”. The monument features a massive circle of about 150 standing stones, with some more than 1.8 meters tall, taking the form of an open oval.

Ruins of Ancient Iraqi City

A 3,400 year-old city has emerged from the depths of the Mosul Reservoir due to an extreme drought in Iraq, allowing archaeologists to study the ruins for only the second time since a dam was built nearby in the 1980s.

Researchers think that the ruins may be of Zakhiku, a major hub for the Mittani Empire, which thrived on the banks of the Tigris River between 1,550 and 1,350 BC An international team of archaeologists discovered a large fortification with walls and towers, an industrial complex and the multi-story storage facility.

They also found over 100 unfired clay tablets, imprinted with cuneiform, which archaeologists hope will offer them clues about the lives of the citizens of the Mittani Empire, or events when the city fell.

Nero Bridge

In heatwave-hit Rome, the Tiber River exposed the ruins of a bridge built under Emperor Nero, who ruled from 54 AD until his suicide in 68 AD.

The bridge, which connected the Field of Mars with the opposite bank of the Tiber, was demolished in 500 to prevent the Goths from entering and vandalizing Rome. Since, it has been resting under the waters of the Tiber, reappearing only in rare cases when the river becomes critically shallow.

The current water level in the Tiber River has reached its lowest in about half a century due to the ongoing drought.’

‘Hunger Stones’

The unusually hot weather similarly led to the so-called “hunger stones” resurfacing in some European rivers, including the Elbe and the Rhine.

The mysterious stones, which are visible only during periods of severe drought, have various messages about previous disasters caused by water shortages.

The oldest inscription on the “hunger stone” found in the Elbe River dates back to 1616 and reads, “If you see me, weep”.

Echo of War

The scorching heat also rode roughshod over the Danube River, where water levels plunged to record-law, exposing the hulks of more than 20 explosive-laden Nazi warships sunk during World War II near Serbia’s port town of Prahovo.

The vessels were scuttled along the Danube by Nazi Germany’s Black Sea fleet in 1944 when they retreated from advancing Soviet forces. Many of the warships reportedly contain metric tons of ammunition and explosives and pose a threat to shipping.

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