Discovers Ancient Secret In Turkey
I'm always keen to learn about ancient dicscoveries. This one is a ripper.
It all started with a simple DIY project, but it definitely didn’t end that way. A man wanted to make some extra room in his house and the basement seemed like the best place to start. However, he had no idea what he was getting himself into. With each chip away at the basement wall, it became more apparent that something was strange. A hollow abyss was on the other side and despite his fear about what might be inside, he kept digging away. Soon, he learned his small house was part of a huge piece of history. Read on to see the shocking discovery he made on the other side.
It was just supposed to be a simple renovation project, and nothing more. A man decided that he needed to expand his home. Multiple generations of a family lived together in the same house and it was becoming cramped and uncomfortable.
Living on a modest income, he didn’t have the money to hire a professional builder to do the job for him. He had to do it himself. The plan was simple: knock down a wall in the basement to build another room. He could not have expected that he was about to change history.
In his basement, he started working to knock down one of the walls, which would serve to expand the house. However, he noticed something odd. As he chipped away at the stone, an opening appeared. Slowly he started uncovering what he thought was a secret room.
As he continued to chip away at the opening, cool air poured out. Possibly it was trapped for thousands of years behind the hard stone. The hole, now large enough to enter, was pitch-black. He quickly found a flashlight and stepped inside the dark abyss.
As the man entered the mysterious chamber, he had no idea what he would find. The room was narrow and cramped with nothing inside. Slightly disappointed he decided to follow the crevice farther down, hoping to not find anything dangerous lurking in the dark.
His fear was real because Turkey is home to a wide variety of venomous snakes, spiders and scorpions that enjoy the cool, dark crevices. In the back of his mind he knew that if he were to encounter any of the unfriendly foes, the dark chamber could easily become his tomb. He continued onward.
To his surprise, the crevice turned into a narrow hallway which led to a cavernous room. Carved into the volcanic stone under his house was something he never expected to find: some sort of subterranean hideout. It was nothing short of electrifying.
The other systems of passageways in the area included small caves used as storage facilities, tombs, and even ancient temples that dated back thousands of years. But his discovery would surpass them all by a long shot — and rewrite history.
The cavernous room was far from naturally occurring. The stone appeared to be cut by humans long ago and the stone floor had been worn down smooth. Even though it was darker than night and the exit had long since disappeared from sight he continued onward, anxious to explore the new terrain.
The further he went into the seemingly never-ending labyrinth, the more he was convinced that he had discovered something huge— much more significant than just a few caves or an ancient storehouse. After taking his time exploring the maze of rooms, he carefully tried to make his way back to his home.
Turkish authorities arrived to investigate the new discovery. Little did they know that they were walking into one of the greatest archaeological discoveries ever. After some exploration researchers confirmed that the site was actually the lost subterranean city of Derinkuyu.
Many had come to think that the city of Derinkuyu was just a myth, much like Atlantis or El Dorado. Researchers believe that construction of the city, at first just small caves, began in the 8th and 7th centuries B.C. by the Phrygians, an Indo-European people. Archaeologists were shocked at just how deep down the city went.
Archaeologists began their work and began to believe that Derinkuyu descended at least 18 stories below the ground, making it one of the largest ancient man-made underground sites in the world. Extending approximately 200 feet into the ground, it is a marvel of engineering.
Researchers estimate that the city, at capacity, could have housed as many as an impressive 20,000 people, providing them with their basic necessities. But who were the people that comprised this civilization living so deep underground? What were they hiding from?
Researchers began their hunt to uncover the truth surrounding this strange place. The first known inhabitants of the region were Hittites, an ancient Anatolian people who established an empire on the plateau around 1600 B.C. After the empire fell, the area became a sort of feudal aristocracy until being overtaken by the Persian Empire. Could they have built this strange lair?
Clancy's comment: Extraordinary find. Amazing, eh?