There have long been stories of our ancestors exploring deep underground, into caves that go for miles in pitch black where they had only simple torches to light their way.
In a find the equivalent of Pompeii, or The Valley of The Kings, archaeologists have uncovered and extensive network of tunnels dug by stone age people.
From an article on Ancient Origins.net
Extensive Ancient Underground Network Discovered From Scotland to Turkey
11 June, 2013 – 03:03 april holloway
Archaeologists have uncovered thousands of Stone Age underground tunnels, stretching across Europe from Scotland to Turkey, perplexing researchers as to their original purpose.
German archaeologist Dr Heinrich Kusch, in his latest book ‘Secrets of the Underground Door to an Ancient World’ has revealed that tunnels were dug under literally hundreds of Neolithic settlements all over Europe and the fact that so many tunnels have survived 12,000 years indicates that the original network must have been huge.
‘In Bavaria in Germany alone we have found 700metres of these underground tunnel networks. In Styria in Austria we have found 350metres,’ he said. ‘Across Europe there were thousands of them – from the north in Scotland down to the Mediterranean.
The tunnels are quite small, measuring only 70cm in width, which is just enough for a person to crawl through. In some places there are small rooms, storage chambers and seating areas.
The Stone Age was the first of the three-age system of archaeology, which divides human technological prehistory into three periods: The Stone Age, The Bronze Age, The Iron Age. The transition out of the Stone Age occurred between 6000 BC and 2500 BC for much of humanity living in North Africa and Eurasia. While many believe Stone Age humans were primitive, incredible discoveries such as the 12,000 year-old temple called Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, the pyramids of Egypt and other structures such as Stonehenge, which demonstrate extremely advanced astronomical knowledge indicates that they were not as primitive as many believe.
The latest discovery of a vast network of tunnels indicates that Stone Age humans were not just spending their days hunting and gathering. However, the real purpose of the tunnels is still a matter of speculation. Some experts believe they were a way of protecting man from predators while others believe they were a way for people to travel safely, sheltered from harsh weather conditions or even wars and violence. However, at this stage scientists are only able to guess, as the tunnels have not yet revealed all their secrets of the past.
Well, of course it seems possible these tunnels were not of a single purpose but all those mentioned above. It should be very interesting if careful examination should reveal original footprints and preserved artifacts.
From an article on Exo Human.com
There is a labyrinth of vaults known as an “Erdstall” near the town of Glonn near Munich. It is at least 25 meters (82 feet) long and likely stems from the Middle Ages. A few radiocarbon dating analyses have been performed, and they indicate that the galleries date back to the 10th to the 13th century, but Heinrich Kusch believes that these results are incorrect. He suspects that some of the subterranean systems were built about 5,000 years ago, in the Neolithic period.
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