‘Hunger stones’ once again exposed
The situation in Europe continues to deteriorate. Due to the persistent drought, the water levels in numerous rivers and lakes are falling. Researchers have now rediscovered the "hunger stones" in some river beds. These warn of an impending emergency.
Published: August 16, 2022, 9:59 am
Centuries-old warning messages have reappeared in the dry river beds in Germany and neighbouring Czechia, several research teams reported. These rocks are known as “hunger stones”. When they lie exposed, they warn of a bad harvest, a lack of food or high prices.
In Pirna, in the district of Oberposta, on the right riverbank according to the city archives, a stone with the year 1115 existed but its location is no longer known.
In 1918, a hunger stone on the bed of the Elbe River, near Tetschen, became exposed during a period of low water coincident to the wartime famines of World War I. Similar hunger stones in the river were uncovered again during a drought in 2018 and most recently in 2022.
The hunger stone in the Elbe river, which flows from the mountains of Czechia through Germany to the North Sea, dates back to a drought in 1616 and can now be seen once again in the dry river bed. The warning reads: “If you see me, cry.”
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