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Underground Civilizations: No Myth

Updated on March 2, 2013


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The City

Derinkuyu is an underground city currently being excavated in Turkey.

This city is said to have eleven stories, capable of housing 50,000 people complete with their livestock, schools, churches and all other infrastructure.

It is thought that although parts of the city date back to the 8th century BC, other parts were added around the 5th century AD.

Although Derinkuyu is possibly the biggest underground city found to date, it is by no means the only one. Approximately 200 other cities have been found underground, just in this area of Turkey alone, many having a minimum of 3 stories.


The Tunnels

These cities are made up of tunnels, many cut by stone tools.

It is now thought that these labyrinths of tunnels could have other tunnels linking each city. These networks of tunnels may stretch 1,800 miles, to as far as Scotland.

The tunnels are carved out of rock, which makes carbon dating very difficult and some are speculating that some of these tunnels could be as much as 12,000 years old.

Nuclear Shelters

Sealed Entrances
Sealed Entrances


There are supposed legends of civilizations living beneath the ground. The Maya are said to have been led underground by their leader soon after the Conquistadors arrived in the Americas. The Hopi talk of a civilization of “Ant People” living underground. Also there are stories from China and India of possible underground civilizations.

Perhaps the best known of these stories is that of Admiral Richard E. Byrd, whose story about being kidnapped by a civilization living under Antarctica, led to the “Hollow Earth” theory.

Although the discovery of these tunnels and cities does not really show the hollow earth theory to be correct, as we further excavate these finds, we may give more credence to some of these previously thought of myths.

As giant stones could be placed across the entrances to these cities and them being seemingly self sufficient, some have speculated that they could have been built as perfect nuclear shelters.

This of course, would beg the question: who could have told them of the dangers of nuclear energy or had they themselves witnessed them for themselves?


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      UNK 4 years ago

      Great Job. You put the fact out there. Fact: underground cities exist and held an entire civilization. Personal speculation: Something happened here a long time ago and since everything we know moves in cycle it will happen again. Further speculation: These knowledge might be obscure to most but there most be a select few informed. Fact: There are CIA units who's sole job is to monitor the Web. Fact: they often pose as simple people living comments on pages to distract from the truth. So don't get discourage buddy. Good job.

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      cat 4 years ago

      basically theres no above or beneath. the ideas once thought revolutionary will one day seem normal to us. we are as prejudiced as the witch hunters of salem

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      Tricia Mason 5 years ago from The English Midlands

      I watched a documentary on this fascinating subject and I am really pleased to have been reminded of it, by your very interesting hub.

      Of course there will be speculation. That is part of the fun of making new discoveries. :)

      They may not have been protecting themselves from nuclear explosions, but they were certainly protecting themselves from something.

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      rafken 5 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      Mike - I just write about what I find on the web, then comment on it. If you disagree with me that is fine. You say you find my stuff boring but judging by the number of ones you have left derogatory comments on, I would think you need to get a life. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Mike 5 years ago

      When you say "some have speculated that they could have been built as perfect nuclear shelters." do you mean YOU have speculated?

      Include some names of the people cause the more I read your crap the more I figure out you just make stuff up to write about! BOOORING like reading fictional tales, turned into "What If's".

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      Barbara 6 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      I feel as if my mind has expanded. Amazing what can be discovered, when one digs deep. I discovered the legend of the Ant People in one of my forays to southwestern Colorado and wrote a hub on it, probably three years ago. I wonder if I deleted it. Hmm. I love that story.

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      Doc Snow 6 years ago from Atlanta metropolitan area, GA, USA

      Fascinating. H.G. Wells' 'Morlocks' come to mind.

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      David Sproull 6 years ago from Toronto

      hmmn.. good point.. but still the setup doesn't seem very livable. Think I'm going to look into this!

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      rafken 6 years ago from The worlds my oyster

      DDS - Bury a tunnel!!!!!!!!!

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      David Sproull 6 years ago from Toronto

      What a crazy concept. Is there not a chance they were above ground and became burred over time?

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      PETER LUMETTA 6 years ago from KENAI, ALAKSA

      ANOTHER PUZZLE, Thanks,