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In 2014, those tunnels led scientists to discover a multilevel settlement of living spaces, kitchens, wineries, chapels, staircases, and bezirhane—linseed presses for producing lamp oil to light the underground city. Artifacts including grindstones, stone crosses, and ceramics indicate the city was in use from the Byzantine era through the Ottoman conquest.
Geophysicists from Nevşehir University conducted a systematic survey of a 1.5-mile (4-kilometer) area using geophysical resistivity and seismic tomography. From the 33 independent measurements they took, they estimate the site is nearly five million square feet (460,000 square meters).
These studies suggest the underground corridors may plunge as deep as 371 feet (113 meters). If that turns out to be accurate, the city could be larger than Derinkuyu by a third.
originally posted by: caterpillage
We have evidence then of peoples in our past seeking shelter underground from something. Something they knew of in advance, as it would take time to build/dig.
What did they know? What did they experience?
There seems to be a class of people in our age who are digging massive underground hideouts too. Do they know what was once known? Is it coming back?
All I know is that I have not yet received my invitation.
originally posted by: lostbook
a reply to: theantediluvian
SnF for this cool find. I wonder how these ancient people managed to dig out such a massive area. I wonder if they knew about the stone cutting leaf that some birds use to build nests into the side(s) of mountains...?
Unless it's the more obvious answer: this was a natural dwelling which people settled.
from the Byzantine era through the Ottoman conquest.