Flooded Roman camp visible again after water levels drop

The Roman camp of Aquis Querquennis reappeared following the drought in Spain (Credits: EPA)

The remains of a flooded Roman camp have reappeared after a prolonged drought in Spain caused water levels to plummet.

Known as Aquis Querquennis, the camp was flooded in 1948 to create the As Conchas Reservoir.

Usually parts of the colony can be seen sporadically throughout the year as water levels rise and fall.

But, following the worst drought the country has known in decades, all the archaeological remains are now visible.

The Roman settlement is thought to have been built in AD 75, before being abandoned around AD 120. It was used as a temporary fort and military fortifications while the Romans built the Via Nova road nearby.

The camp is located on the banks of the Limia river in the As Conchas reservoir, in Ourense, Spain (Credits: EPA)

After weeks of scorching temperatures, the water has receded to just 49% of its maximum level (Credits: EPA)

The site was lost in the sands of time until the 1920s when a local archaeologist found it and began excavations.

But during the construction of a hydroelectric dam downstream, the site was flooded and became a reservoir.

Roman military camp of Aquis Querquennis (Porto Quintela). Occupied between the last quarter of the 1st century until the middle of the 2nd century. Ruins along the XVIII Roman road or Via Nova, Antonino's journey. Band Ba??os. La Baixa Limia region, province of Ourense, Galicia, Spain. (Photo by: PHAS/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

The Roman camp was occupied between the last quarter of the 1st century and the middle of the 2nd century. (Getty Images)

Weeks of scorching heat in Spain have caused rivers and lakes across the country to dry up.

Other treasures have also been revealed by falling water levels.

A stone circle thought to date back to 500 BC. re-emerged from the depths of the Valdecanas Reservoir southwest of Madrid.


Guadalperal Dolmen, sometimes also known as “The Spanish Stonehenge” (Credit: Getty Images)

Officially called Dolmen de Guadalperal but dubbed the “Spanish Stonehenge”, they have only reappeared for the fourth time since they were flooded in 1963.

Elsewhere in Spain, a flooded village known as Aceredo has also reappeared.

The city was flooded in 1992 to make way for a reservoir, but given the relentless heat of the year, its buildings are once again exposed.

Usually submerged ruins of the ancient village of Aceredo, appear from the Lindoso reservoir hydroelectric power plant due to low water levels, near Lobios, Ourense province, northwestern Spain, 22 November 2021. - Residents of the village of Aceredo were evicted from their homes in 1992 for the construction of the reservoir. In addition to Aceredo, four other villages were submerged in this Galician region: A Reloeira, Buscalque, O Bao and Lantemil. (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP via Getty Images)

The mostly submerged ruins of the ancient village of Aceredo in northwest Spain. (Getty Images)

In fact, some of its former residents have even returned to look around.

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