Archeologists in Iran Open the Door to An Ancient Underground City
That’s finding more subterranean cities in other parts of the world doesn’t come as a surprise.
Now, it has been reported how a group of archeologists has managed to open a door to an ancient underground city in Iran.
The underground city of Saleh Abad
The exact age of th underground city remains debatable, but archeologists estimate its anywhere between 800 to 1000 years old.
Scholars say that the subterranean city of Saleh Abad was most likely built in the 12th or 13th century when the Ilkhanate dynasty ruled the area.
During the initial works, ceramic pieces from that period were recovered among other artifacts.
Ahmad Torabi, a provincial tourism official who participated in the opening of the door to the city points out that the place was not made public when it was found three years ago in order to prevent possible looting before researchers could study the site.
“Now we need more time to investigate and explore this area,” Torabi said, explaining that the underground city may even have been used in modern times during World War II when entire families used it to hide from the Soviet armies.
“At the time when Russian soldiers crossed the area [during the World War II], the men of the region concealed their families in the underground city so that no one noticed their presence,” Torabi added.
The area where the underground city was discovered, Hamadan, is one of the oldest in Iran and was part of ancient Ecbatana, which was the capital of Media and a summer residence of the Achaemenian kings who ruled Persia from 553 to 330 BC.
This ancient city is not by far the oldest one discovered in the region. Experts have previously discovered subterranean cities in Iran (Samen and Arzan-Fu) and some of them are thought to date back more than 2,500 years.