A Man Just Discovered An Ancient Underground City Underneath His House

Mustafa Bozdemir is a 50-year old man from the Anatolia region of Turkey. Five years ago, he inherited a house in the Melikgazi district (in the Anatolian province of Kayseri).

Recently, Mustafa decided to do some renovations on the house. He believed it was just a simple one-story structure, and decided to try to clear out an area underneath it, thinking that there might be some storage space for food or possibly even a stable beneath the house. 

The Anatolian Peninsula makes up the bulk of the country of Turkey (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

But what he discovered was far more intriguing than a storage space or a stable. Here’s Mustafa describing the discovery:

“The underground city that we found by accident during restoration begins a few meters under the ground and has two levels. There are parts resembling underground remains of settlements in Cappadocia. Wonderful structures emerged everywhere, like an iron workshop and a loft.”

 

The entrance to the newly-discovered underground city. Click to enlarge (Photo: DHA Photo)

The entrance to the newly-discovered underground city. Click to enlarge (Photo: DHA Photo)

So far, 4,000 square meters of the underground city have ben excavated, according to a report from a Turkish news outlet.

According to the local mayor, the city was most likely active during the Roman, Byzantine and Seljuk eras.

Anatolia is actually quite famous for its underground cities. The Cappadocia region, for example, is home to more than 40 complete underground cities and 200 underground villages.

A photo from within Cappadocia’s complex underground network

Derinkuyu, arguably the most impressive underground city in Anatolia, is 11 levels deep and has 600 entrances. Miles and miles of tunnels connect the underground metropolis, which is complete with,

“…areas for sleeping, stables for livestock, wells, water tanks, pits for cooking, ventilation shafts, communal rooms, bathrooms, and tombs.”

 

A visual depiction of a section of Derinkuyu. Click to enlarge (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

While it’s unlikely that this new discovery will rival Derinkuyu in terms of grandeur, it does show that there are still plenty of ancient secrets buried deep within the Anatolian earth.

Read more from Ancient Origins here.

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