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Aceredo, Spain, in February after the Alto Lindoso reservoir dried up.

Aceredo, Spain, in February after the Alto Lindoso reservoir dried up.

 Photographer: Goncalo Fonseca/Bloomberg

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Extreme Heat Uncovers Lost Villages, Ancient Ruins and Shipwrecks

In an eerie twist, volatile weather and heat-induced drought are unearthing glimpses of lost archaeological treasures and forgotten history.

Extreme heat this year has triggered wildfires, drought and melting glaciers. Less expectedly, it’s also revealed some weird and dark things about our past—shipwrecks, corpses, ghost villages, ornamental gardens and ancient cities. Here’s a look at some of those discoveries.

Italy’s drought has revealed artifacts from World War II and a glimpse of life under Nero.