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If you see me, weep.” Those foreboding words, written in German in 1616 and inscribed on a “hunger stone” in Central Europe, have reappeared after a prolonged drought caused water levels on some parts of the continent to drop. The stones have traditionally sat below the water line near the Elbe River in the Czech Republic, but because the current drought is so intense, about a dozen of them have now been revealed. The authors of a 2013 study on historic droughts in the region said the stones, which all contain similar bleak messages and often date back hundreds of years, were “chiseled with the years of hardship and the initials of authors lost to history.”