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History brought to the surface in Spain and elsewhere as a consequence of the drought

Madrood

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Hi all

I came across a twitter thread listing some normally submerged archaeology that has reappeared due to the heatwave. Much of it is in Spain so I figured it would be of interest to ye.

A view of the Roman camp Aquis Querquennis, located on the banks of the Limia River in Galicia, Spain.

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The XIV century Mesta Bridge in Villarta de los Montes (Extremadura, Spain), a nice example of Mudéjar-Gothic civil engineering. Since 1956 it’s been covered by the waters of the Cijara Reservoir, but the drought has brought it back to light. Youtube link here

The Elbe River’s hunger stones, carved centuries ago to mark the low-water levels that were recorded on years when crops failed and famine occurred. This one, dating back to 1616, reads “If you see me, weep.”

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The Galician village of Aceredo, swallowed up by the Lima River after the construction of the Alto Lindoso Reservoir in 1992. The village reappears every time the water drops to dangerously low levels.

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Also in Galicia: The village of Portomarín, which vanished after the inauguration of the Belesar Reservoir in 1963. The reservoir’s water levels have have to 39% of its total capacity.

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The remains of the Royal Site of La Isabela bathhouse emerge from the low waters of the Buendia reservoir, in Sacedon, Spain, August 7, 2022.

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Hi all

I came across a twitter thread listing some normally submerged archaeology that has reappeared due to the heatwave. Much of it is in Spain so I figured it would be of interest to ye.

A view of the Roman camp Aquis Querquennis, located on the banks of the Limia River in Galicia, Spain.

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The XIV century Mesta Bridge in Villarta de los Montes (Extremadura, Spain), a nice example of Mudéjar-Gothic civil engineering. Since 1956 it’s been covered by the waters of the Cijara Reservoir, but the drought has brought it back to light. Youtube link here

The Elbe River’s hunger stones, carved centuries ago to mark the low-water levels that were recorded on years when crops failed and famine occurred. This one, dating back to 1616, reads “If you see me, weep.”

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The Galician village of Aceredo, swallowed up by the Lima River after the construction of the Alto Lindoso Reservoir in 1992. The village reappears every time the water drops to dangerously low levels.

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Also in Galicia: The village of Portomarín, which vanished after the inauguration of the Belesar Reservoir in 1963. The reservoir’s water levels have have to 39% of its total capacity.

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The remains of the Royal Site of La Isabela bathhouse emerge from the low waters of the Buendia reservoir, in Sacedon, Spain, August 7, 2022.

View attachment 131064

Hi all

I came across a twitter thread listing some normally submerged archaeology that has reappeared due to the heatwave. Much of it is in Spain so I figured it would be of interest to ye.

A view of the Roman camp Aquis Querquennis, located on the banks of the Limia River in Galicia, Spain.

View attachment 131060


The XIV century Mesta Bridge in Villarta de los Montes (Extremadura, Spain), a nice example of Mudéjar-Gothic civil engineering. Since 1956 it’s been covered by the waters of the Cijara Reservoir, but the drought has brought it back to light. Youtube link here

The Elbe River’s hunger stones, carved centuries ago to mark the low-water levels that were recorded on years when crops failed and famine occurred. This one, dating back to 1616, reads “If you see me, weep.”

View attachment 131061


The Galician village of Aceredo, swallowed up by the Lima River after the construction of the Alto Lindoso Reservoir in 1992. The village reappears every time the water drops to dangerously low levels.

View attachment 131062

Also in Galicia: The village of Portomarín, which vanished after the inauguration of the Belesar Reservoir in 1963. The reservoir’s water levels have have to 39% of its total capacity.

View attachment 131063

The remains of the Royal Site of La Isabela bathhouse emerge from the low waters of the Buendia reservoir, in Sacedon, Spain, August 7, 2022.

View attachment 131064
Did Portomarín get flooded for reservoir any reincarnation?
 

Madrood

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Brilliant post. Who would have guessed that a drought could have a positive side to it? Great pictures. Also love the quote…. if you see me weep. Obviously written by someone with a sense of tragedy and humour.
It's actually not uncommon for droughts to benefit archaeology. The foundations of long demolished structures, including Celtic ringforts, can become visible in fields from an aerial view. Not sure what the physics of it is.

@MickMac Sorry I don't understand the question

@henrythedog You live in a nice part of the world (sewers notwithstanding). On the post topic there are a few reservoirs in England built on flooded villages where this can happen. IIRC at the Derwent reservoir in Derbyshire, when the water levels get low enough a church spire appears.
 
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It's actually not uncommon for droughts to benefit archaeology. The foundations of long demolished structures, including Celtic ringforts, can become visible in fields from an aerial view. Not sure what the physics of it is.

@MickMac Sorry I don't understand the question

@henrythedog You live in a nice part of the world (sewers notwithstanding). On the post topic there are a few reservoirs in England built on flooded villages where this can happen. IIRC at the Derwent reservoir in Derbyshire, when the water levels get low enough a church spire appears.
Yes, I am fortunate.

There’s another example, like the Derwent reservoir, just a little north of me. Hawswater reservoir flooded the hamlet of Mardale Green; which reappears when the water’s very low.
 
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2023
Several places in Galicia now have only 4 hours of water a day now… we are running very low. We might get some drops this Wednesday, but it will not be enough. Pilgrims should be prepared for water shortages in Spain until the rain comes again (October->).
Not wanting to drag this too far off topic but Spain is welcome to some of our weather at the moment. July was the wettest July in Aotearoa New Zealand since records began. See: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national...highest 1-day rainfall,Waipara West on 9 July

They say that some Spanish girl called La Niña is to blame.
 

Jeff Crawley

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On a totally different scale the recent mini-drought in Cumbria UK has revealed the route of the foul sewer from my house to the septic tank.

I know I’ve made some fairly boring posts in the past, and this is right up there with the best of them, but I’m rather pleased with the added information.

Do carry on.
You keep an American in your garden???
 
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Jeff Crawley

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Not wanting to drag this too far off topic but Spain is welcome to some of our weather at the moment. July was the wettest July in Aotearoa New Zealand since records began. See: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/472154/wet-warm-july-proves-one-for-record-books#:~:text=The highest 1-day rainfall,Waipara West on 9 July

They say that some Spanish girl called La Niña is to blame.
Surely it's

Wasted away again in Margaritaville
Searchin' for my lost shaker of salt
Some people claim that there's a woman to blame
But WE know, it's OUR own damn fault

(apologies to Jimmy Buffett - good song though and just 4 chords: D, A, A7 & G)
 
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It's actually not uncommon for droughts to benefit archaeology. The foundations of long demolished structures, including Celtic ringforts, can become visible in fields from an aerial view. Not sure what the physics of it is.
The physics are wonderfully simple :)
Most archaeological features are ditches or pits that have been backfilled with organic material. The organic material retains water longer during drought so the plants above stay greener longer. The reverse works with buried walls etc, the plants above yellow faster.
 
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2022
Hi all

I came across a twitter thread listing some normally submerged archaeology that has reappeared due to the heatwave. Much of it is in Spain so I figured it would be of interest to ye.

A view of the Roman camp Aquis Querquennis, located on the banks of the Limia River in Galicia, Spain.

View attachment 131060


The XIV century Mesta Bridge in Villarta de los Montes (Extremadura, Spain), a nice example of Mudéjar-Gothic civil engineering. Since 1956 it’s been covered by the waters of the Cijara Reservoir, but the drought has brought it back to light. Youtube link here

The Elbe River’s hunger stones, carved centuries ago to mark the low-water levels that were recorded on years when crops failed and famine occurred. This one, dating back to 1616, reads “If you see me, weep.”

View attachment 131061


The Galician village of Aceredo, swallowed up by the Lima River after the construction of the Alto Lindoso Reservoir in 1992. The village reappears every time the water drops to dangerously low levels.

View attachment 131062

Also in Galicia: The village of Portomarín, which vanished after the inauguration of the Belesar Reservoir in 1963. The reservoir’s water levels have have to 39% of its total capacity.

View attachment 131063

The remains of the Royal Site of La Isabela bathhouse emerge from the low waters of the Buendia reservoir, in Sacedon, Spain, August 7, 2022.

View attachment 131064
Thank you!!
 
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Hi all

I came across a twitter thread listing some normally submerged archaeology that has reappeared due to the heatwave. Much of it is in Spain so I figured it would be of interest to ye.

A view of the Roman camp Aquis Querquennis, located on the banks of the Limia River in Galicia, Spain.

View attachment 131060


The XIV century Mesta Bridge in Villarta de los Montes (Extremadura, Spain), a nice example of Mudéjar-Gothic civil engineering. Since 1956 it’s been covered by the waters of the Cijara Reservoir, but the drought has brought it back to light. Youtube link here

The Elbe River’s hunger stones, carved centuries ago to mark the low-water levels that were recorded on years when crops failed and famine occurred. This one, dating back to 1616, reads “If you see me, weep.”

View attachment 131061


The Galician village of Aceredo, swallowed up by the Lima River after the construction of the Alto Lindoso Reservoir in 1992. The village reappears every time the water drops to dangerously low levels.

View attachment 131062

Also in Galicia: The village of Portomarín, which vanished after the inauguration of the Belesar Reservoir in 1963. The reservoir’s water levels have have to 39% of its total capacity.

View attachment 131063

The remains of the Royal Site of La Isabela bathhouse emerge from the low waters of the Buendia reservoir, in Sacedon, Spain, August 7, 2022.

View attachment 131064
Fascinating! Here in the US state of Nevada, Lake Mead is revealing many interesting ‘treasures’ due to current drought conditions. Thank you for sharing this post and the accompanying photos.
 
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Philtration

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Did Portomarín get flooded for reservoir any reincarnation?
The entire village of Portomarìn was relocated up the hill as part of the dam construction project. I've seen a post of an old 50's or 60's video of the village being relocated/abandoned. Someone else probably has a link. I believe the entire church in the center of town was moved to it's present location, stone by numbered stone.
 

Bert45

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The entire village of Portomarìn was relocated up the hill as part of the dam construction project. I've seen a post of an old 50's or 60's video of the village being relocated/abandoned. Someone else probably has a link. I believe the entire church in the center of town was moved to it's present location, stone by numbered stone.
I may be wrong, but I believe that the WHOLE village was not relocated, only the major important buildings would have been dismantled and rebuilt. The church of San Nicolás was definitely one of them, and you can still see the numbers on some of the stones.
 

Margaret Butterworth

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I was there a few months ago. The water level was very low, which meant that the height of the dam wall was pretty scary, a real feat of engineering.
 

MickMac

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It's actually not uncommon for droughts to benefit archaeology. The foundations of long demolished structures, including Celtic ringforts, can become visible in fields from an aerial view. Not sure what the physics of it is.

@MickMac Sorry I don't understand the question

@henrythedog You live in a nice part of the world (sewers notwithstanding). On the post topic there are a few reservoirs in England built on flooded villages where this can happen. IIRC at the Derwent reservoir in Derbyshire, when the water levels get low enough a church spire appears.
Did Portomarín get flooded for reservoir any reincarnation?
The entire village of Portomarìn was relocated up the hill as part of the dam construction project. I've seen a post of an old 50's or 60's video of the village being relocated/abandoned. Someone else probably has a link. I believe the entire church in the center of town was moved to it's present location, stone by numbered stone.

Philtration understood my post thank you Phil.
 
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Pelegrin

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The miltary camp Aquis Qerquennis was set there for the construction of VIA XVIII also known as VIA NOVA, from Braga (Bracara Augusta) to Astorga (Asturica Augusta). The camino Geira e dos Arrieiros follows the Via Nova from Braga to Lobios.
 

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