these buried remnants resurfaced with the drought

All over the world, many signs of the past have been discovered under melted ice or in the beds of dry rivers.

Shells from the First World War, traces of dinosaurs, bodies of mountain climbers… Thanks to the severe drought that hit the world this summer, many remains that were once buried were discovered under the melt ice or the bed of dry waterways. Le Figaro examines these long-hidden findings.

Dinosaur Tracks, Texas

Among the most impressive discoveries, the dinosaur tracks, in the heart of Dinosaur Valley in the United States. About 113 million years old, they were exposed this summer in the bed of a river located in this state park, opened in 1972 in Texas and known for the many remains of prehistoric animals. “Due to extremely dry conditions, the river has completely dried up in most areas, revealing new paths in the park.said Stephanie Salinas Garcia of the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife.

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These footprints belong to two types of dinosaurs: Acrocanthosaurus, a theropod of five meters and seven tons; and the Sauroposeidon, which could reach 18 meters in length with its long neck, and weigh 44 tons when fully grown. It may be one of the longest series of dinosaur footprints in the world.

The remains of a fortified town in Burgundy

For many years, many archaeologists have searched the land of the village of Vix (Bourgogne-Franche-Comté) to find traces of its past. Everyone agrees on the fact that the locality, where the famous Vix vase was found in 1953, was located in a fortified town of fifty hectares 2500 years ago. Even one of the most important sites in Europe during the Hallstatt period, which corresponds to the First Iron Age, as explained by our colleagues from France 3.

This summer, the drought has given new proof of its existence: visible from the sky, an alfalfa field in the commune reveals surprising patterns, including a long green line surrounded by circles, written on the ground. They indicate the ancient presence of a large structure. Further ahead, scientists observed the foundations of a building about thirty meters high and six meters wide. The discoveries that, according to archaeologists, prove the “quasi-urbanized organization“in”Gallicwho lives in that area. Only 2% of the site has been updated so far.

Nazi ships and shells in France, Italy and Serbia

World wars do not reveal all their secrets. In the Meuse, at the end of August, the Metz mining service recovered several shells from 14-18, including one weighing 43 kilos. It lay under the river for over a hundred years, and was excavated due to drought. Further south, in Italy, authorities detonated a 450-kilogram bomb buried in the Po River (Lombardy).

In Serbia, about twenty Nazi shipwrecks have been uncovered, still full of explosives and ammunition, in the mouth of the Danube. These ships were part of the German Black Sea fleet, and withdrew in 1944 from the Soviet forces. Disturbing maritime traffic and representing a danger for locals, the government of Serbia plans to take some of these ships, which is estimated to be the operation of 30 million euros.

“Stones of hunger” in Europe

Stones that look like burial warnings have been discovered along the Elbe and Rhine. Called stones of hunger, on which are written lugubrious phrases, such as “if you see, cry», installed throughout Europe from the 15th century. Their goal? Introduce hydrological benchmarks to signal a period of drought and, in fact, a large deficit of crops and food. On average, the Hunger Stones, numbering a few dozen, appear once a century, experts say.

600-year-old Buddhist statues in China

Three ancient submerged Buddhist statues have been uncovered in the historic drought that has hit the Yangtze River near Chongqing in southwest China. It was built almost 600 years ago during the Ming Dynasty. They represent in particular a monk sitting on a pedestal in the shape of a lotus. In the region, 66 rivers have dried up this summer, while 45°C has been recorded in many parts of China.

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Corpses in Nevada and the Alps

No less than five corpses reappeared this summer in Nevada (United States), in the heart of dry Lake Mead. The closest to the vice city, Las Vegas, was one of the bodies found locked in a barrel in the 1980s, after suffering a gunshot wound. Other human bodies were found next to a gun. Fed by the Colorado River, Lake Mead, a large reservoir attached to the Hoover Dam, reached its lowest level since 1937 this summer.

In the Swiss Alps, two French mountaineers discovered bones on August 3 while climbing the Chessjen glacier in the canton of Valais, RTS reported. A week earlier, a skeleton, with the head separated from its body, was found by two other Frenchmen in the stockji glacier, near the famous alpine resort of Zermatt. The wreckage of the plane was also found nearby.

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