Huge Underground City Where Perplexed Residents Lived

Huge underground city where perplexed residents permanently lived

An underground settlement of considerable proportions has been unearthed in Turkey’s Nevsehir Province, a region already known for its unusual historical sites.

What makes this discovery unique is the permanent role it served for its residents. As initial analysis revealed, the residents of this subterranean complex not only found shelter inside, but also spent much (if not all) of their existence in these tunnels.

Carbon dating has revealed that the mysterious buried complex predates the Hittites, the ancient peoples who formed an empire in this area some 3,600 years ago.

Not releasing much information, Nevsehir Mayor Hasan Ünver expressed his excitement in a statement to local media:

“When the works are finished, the history of Cappadocia will be rewritten.

“We achieved significant discoveries; new long tunnels and spaces where people lived together; places where linseed oil was produced, chapels and tunnels were found that combine various living spaces in the underground city.”

The unusual complex was found by chance by a group of Turkish workers digging in the area for an urban development project.

Archaeologists who arrived at the site thought they were dealing with another settlement similar to the city of Derinkuyu, the largest excavated underground settlement in Turkey, which housed an estimated 20,000 inhabitants some 3,000 years ago.

The main difference here is that these people were hiding from the constant Muslim invasions of the time, unlike these other inhabitants who found permanent comfort under the surface.

Özcan Çakır, an associate professor in the Department of Geoglyphic Engineering at Canakkale University in Turkey, initially believed that the wide tunnels were used as “agricultural highways” that provided safe passage for people transporting food over long distances.

What made the professor change his mind was the freshwater source discovered at the end of the wider explored tunnel that pointed to the permanent nature of the site.

To give you an idea of ​​the proportions of this underground passage, it stretched across the entire city of Nevşehir and continued for miles to this distant water source. The site is estimated to be nearly five million square feet (460,000 square meters).

Among the items recovered by archaeologists were pipe-like instruments made from the mineral sepiolite that were likely used to smoke tobacco and other region-specific psychoactive substances. These “Meerschaum tubes” offer another clue to the permanent nature of this subsurface settlement.

The researchers found multi-level settlements of living quarters, kitchens, chapels, wineries, stairs, and linseed presses for making lamp oil to light underground passages.

“This is a true underground city where residents reside permanently, not like other underground cities where they lived temporarily,” added Mayor Ünver.

“We are sure that we will also achieve very important information and discoveries about world history.”

This formidable discovery of humans living permanently underground does indeed raise more than a few question marks that would threaten the established historical record. To this end, I will single out the most notable intrigues.

Were these people forced to live there as a result of some merciless cataclysm on the surface? Has a nuclear war engulfed this region a few times in the remote past? Will there be evidence of a long-forgotten race? And most importantly, will the Turkish authorities reveal these exotic truths if that is indeed the case?

As far as we know, a curious culture called the Ubaid evolved between 6,500 and 5,000 BC east of Turkey, in the region of ancient Mesopotamia. Among the artifacts belonging to this remote culture, archaeologists have discovered numerous reptile-like figurines depicting female reptiles nursing their young.

Researchers believe that these artifacts served no ritualistic purpose, representing an enigma to this day. We can, however, draw an analogy between the newly discovered underground complex in Turkey and these pre-Sumeric figurines that could, despite all their wonders, turn out to be ritualistic objects used to venerate a species of reptilian humanoids.

The tunnel network is relatively close to the area where the Ubaids thrived, and this mystery would begin to make sense if we think about reptilian humanoids living underground.

As humans adopted the same practices to escape any dangers on the surface, we can speculate that our species once interacted with these reptilians, proof of their interaction being these intriguing figurines with clear reptilian features.

However, this is just an assumption that needs to be investigated. The best hope of solving this mystery comes from the Turkish government, which has promised to make the first part of the underground site available to the public in 2017.

The archaeological project is coordinated by archaeologist Semih Istanbulluoglu and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. Until now, Ashish Kothar, a UNESCO representative, has been allowed to inspect the tunnels and take pictures, but the confidential agreement forbade him to publicly disclose them.

Putting together forgotten (or denied) pieces of history can lead us to an alternate version of the past. It’s not yet clear whether we’ll be allowed to know about it, but the best chance we have (for now) may come from this formidable underground city in Turkey.

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