posted on Jan, 2 2015 @ 12:54 PM
Hey just made an account (although i am casualy at ATS since 2005/2006) just to tell you guys that i am from cappadocia and that these Underground
cities and the other (still Inhabited) cave houses are very fascinating stuff.
I can give you some background info on these things and for what they are used till today. As it was pointed out anatolia and espacialy cappadocia
which is right in the middle of it were since ever either the target of migration or the passway to migrations from east to west/west to east. It has
very fertile ground so people settled here. And to build caves is nothing exclusive to cappadocia, its in human nature so people also started making
caves here. I think that people started to expand these caves out of the necessity to protect them from enemys or just troops passing by on their
wayy from greece to persia or from persia to greece. capadoccia was always a disputed territory, it never realy belonged to greece or persia but their
armys would either march trough cappadocia or better have a nice battle right here. so to protect not only their lives but also their livestock,
agriculturell products and cultural things aswell as other trading goodies they started to dig ever deeper and expand the caves to a point were they
could inhabit populations of 10-20 small villages or even more.
Till today they are used as perfect storerooms, houses ( it stays cold in the summer and warm in the winter with relativly small amounts of heating
fuel) and for the livestock to hide from the midday sun.
BUT what is also very very intersting is what they did with all the rubble they brought from underground. I could tell you but i think it will be more
fun to let you figure it out, since i know of the capacity of ATS members im sure someone will guess it