Dark Warning from 1616 Appears Again in Europe: ‘If You See Me, Then Weep’


They call them “hunger stones” — rocks inscribed with dire warnings from days past when droughts struck Europe.

“If you see me, then weep,” read one with an inscription dating to 1616 that emerged along the Elbe River near the town of Děčín in the Czech Republic near Germany, according to The Guardian.

The stones are making an appearance due to a drought that is sweeping Europe.

“We haven’t analyzed fully this year’s event because it is still ongoing, There were no other events in the past 500 [years] similar to the drought of 2018. But this year, I think, is worse,” Andrea Toreti of the European Commission’s Joint Research Center said, according to The Guardian.


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As a result, hunger stones are emerging — a macabre relic of days when stones were engraved at times rivers fell due to major droughts.

The stones — dating from subsistence farming days when much of the world relied on the crops planted in nearby fields to eat — carry warnings of grim times.

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Czech researchers in 2013 said the stone was “chiselled with the years of hardship and the initials of authors lost to history” and “expressed that drought had brought a bad harvest, lack of food, high prices and hunger for poor people.”

The researchers said that there were inscriptions on the Děčín stone in 1417 and 1473, as well as ten from between 1707 to 1893.

Another on the Elbe in the German town of Bleckede read: “When this goes under, life will become more colorful again.”

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