After the drought in Spain, a Roman settlement that was flooded to create a reservoir is fully visible

A Roman settlement that was flooded to create a reservoir is now fully visible after a prolonged drought caused water levels in Spain to drop.

The archaeological remains of the entire Roman camp, known as Aquis Querquennis, were uncovered after the water level dropped at the As Conchas reservoir in Galicia, north-west Spain.

Spain is suffering its worst drought in decades after a summer of heat waves that saw rivers and reservoirs plummet to dangerously low levels.

The Roman settlement in northern Spain, believed to have been built by the Romans in AD 75 before being abandoned around AD 120, was flooded in 1948 to form the As Conchas reservoir and is since then mostly submerged by water.

Usually only parts of the site are visible year-round, but this month, after weeks of record-breaking temperatures, the Roman camp was unveiled in its entirety.

The archaeological remains of the entire Roman camp, known as Aquis Querquennis, were uncovered after the water level dropped at the As Conchas reservoir in Galicia, north-west Spain

The archaeological remains of the entire Roman camp, known as Aquis Querquennis, were uncovered after the water level dropped at the As Conchas reservoir in Galicia, north-west Spain

The Roman settlement in northern Spain, believed to have been built by the Romans in AD 75 before being abandoned around AD 120, was flooded in 1948 to form the As Conchas reservoir and is since then mostly submerged by water

The Roman settlement in northern Spain, believed to have been built by the Romans in AD 75 before being abandoned around AD 120, was flooded in 1948 to form the As Conchas reservoir and is since then mostly submerged by water

Usually only parts of the site are visible year-round, but this month, after weeks of record-breaking temperatures, the Roman camp was unveiled in its entirety

Usually only parts of the site are visible year-round, but this month, after weeks of record-breaking temperatures, the Roman camp was unveiled in its entirety

Exceptional photographs show the remains of the old fortification walls that surrounded the camp, as well as the remains of the buildings.

The prolonged drought in Spain has caused the reservoir’s water level to drop to just 49 percent of its peak, reports Olive Press.

The Aquis Querquennis was used by the Romans as a temporary fort and military barracks while they were building the historic Via Nova road.

The camp consisted of a temple, an infirmary and barracks, which are said to have housed 600 soldiers at any one time.

The Romans left the site around 120 AD and were forgotten until the 1920s, when local archaeologist Florentino Lopez Cuevillas rediscovered the settlement and began excavating.

The settlement was later flooded in 1948 after the construction of a hydroelectric dam downstream in a rural development project under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco.

The Aquis Querquennis was used by the Romans as a temporary fort and military barracks while they were building the historic Via Nova road

The Aquis Querquennis was used by the Romans as a temporary fort and military barracks while they were building the historic Via Nova road

The camp consisted of a temple, an infirmary and barracks, which are said to have housed 600 soldiers at any one time

The camp consisted of a temple, an infirmary and barracks, which are said to have housed 600 soldiers at any one time

The Romans left the site around 120 AD and were forgotten until the 1920s, when local archaeologist Florentino Lopez Cuevillas rediscovered the settlement and began excavating

The Romans left the site around 120 AD and were forgotten until the 1920s, when local archaeologist Florentino Lopez Cuevillas rediscovered the settlement and began excavating

Weeks of searing drought in Spain, which has caused water levels in reservoirs and reservoirs to drop, have also uncovered a centuries-old church and prehistoric stone circle.

The receding waters have uncovered the ruins of an 11th-century church in the normally submerged village of Sant Roma de Sau, which was flooded in the 1960s when a nearby dam was built.

Normally, the church’s bell tower is the only visible sign of the village in the north-eastern region of Catalonia.

Attracted by social media images and TV reports, crowds of tourists fill the restaurants in the nearby village of Vilanova de Sau.

“It’s been years since (the water level) was as low as it is now,” said 45-year-old Nuria Ferrerons on a recent site visit.

“We saw it on social media and said, ‘Let’s see how it is,'” she added.

NOW: The receding waters have uncovered the ruins of an 11th-century church in the normally submerged village of Sant Roma de Sau, which was flooded in the 1960s when a nearby dam was built

NOW: The receding waters have uncovered the ruins of an 11th-century church in the normally submerged village of Sant Roma de Sau, which was flooded in the 1960s when a nearby dam was built

BEFORE: Normally, the church's bell tower is the only visible sign of the village in the north-eastern region of Catalonia

BEFORE: Normally, the church’s bell tower is the only visible sign of the village in the north-eastern region of Catalonia

Two tourists in a canoe paddled through an arch of the church, which is fenced off to prevent people from getting too close because the ruin could collapse.

“Usually you can only see the bell tower,” said Sergi Riera, who came to “see something that hadn’t been seen in years.”

In the western region of Extremadura in Spain, the receding waters of the Valdecanas reservoir have uncovered a prehistoric stone circle on an island that is normally submerged.

Dubbed the “Spanish Stonehenge,” the circle of dozens of megalithic stones was discovered by archaeologists in 1926, but the area was flooded in 1963 when the reservoir was built.

Archaeologists have been delighted at the appearance of a prehistoric stone circle dubbed the

Archaeologists have been delighted at the appearance of a prehistoric stone circle dubbed the “Spanish Stonehenge,” usually submerged by water from a dam on July 28

The stone circle, officially known as the Dolmen of Guadalperal, is currently fully uncovered in a corner of the Valdecanas reservoir in the central province of Caceres, where water levels have dropped to 28 percent of capacity, authorities said

The stone circle, officially known as the Dolmen of Guadalperal, is currently fully uncovered in a corner of the Valdecanas reservoir in the central province of Caceres, where water levels have dropped to 28 percent of capacity, authorities said

Officially known as the Guadalperal Dolmen, the site is thought to date back to 5000 BC.

After a long dry period, Spain’s reservoirs, which supply cities and farms with water, are almost 36 percent utilized in August, according to the Ministry of the Environment.

Climate change has pushed parts of Spain to their driest level in more than 1,000 years, and winter rains are expected to decrease further, a study published in July by the journal Nature Geoscience showed.

In Italy, the receding water level of the Tiber in Rome has also uncovered the remains of Nero’s ancient bridge.

The bridge was built under Emperor Nero in the first century so that he could view his possessions on the right bank of the river, including his mother Agrippina’s villa.

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