Going Underground: The Massive European Network of Stone Age Tunnels That Weaves from Scotland to Turkey

Daily Mail (London), August 8, 2011

Stone Age man created a massive network of underground tunnels criss-crossing Europe from Scotland to Turkey, a new book on the ancient superhighways has claimed.

German archaeologist Dr Heinrich Kusch said evidence of the tunnels has been found under hundreds of Neolithic settlements all over the continent.

In his book–Secrets Of The Underground Door To An Ancient World–he claims the fact that so many have survived after 12,000 years shows that the original tunnel network must have been enormous.

‘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.

‘Most are not much larger than big wormholes–just 70cm wide–just wide enough for a person to wriggle along but nothing else.

‘They are interspersed with nooks, at some places it’s larger and there is seating, or storage chambers and rooms.

‘They do not all link up but taken together it is a massive underground network.’

Some experts believe the network was a way of protecting man from predators while others believe that some of the linked tunnels were used like motorways are today, for people to travel safely regardless of wars or violence or even weather above ground.

The book notes that chapels were often built by the entrances perhaps because the Church were afraid of the heathen legacy the tunnels might have represented, and wanted to negate their influence.

In some cases writings have been discovered referring to the tunnels seen as a gateway to the underworld.

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  • Dutchman

    I find discoveries like this fascinating. Though I am skeptical that these tunnels could really connect across so vast a distance, there surely is growing evidence that our ancestors were much more sophisticated that was once thought. I recently came across an archaeology news story where the oldest known metal working ever found was not in Egypt, Mesopotamia, or China, but in the Balkans. The wheel and domesticated horses were also the invention of early Indo-Europeans arising on the steppes of Central Asia.

  • Anonymous

    you are hard pressed to find any kind of archeology in sub-saharan africa older than a couple hundred years. Although Harvard prof. “skippy” (skipper?) Gates will point out a pile of rocks in some remote part of africa and claim it was the greatest library in the history of mankind, but I for one am not convinced.

  • Madison Grant

    The headline misleadingly implies that the tunnels themselves stretched from Scotland to Turkey.

    I think they meant to say they found these kind of tunnels all across Europoe.

  • idareya

    Hmmmm…The end of the last glacial period was about 12,500 years ago. I wonder if these tunnels were built during the last glacial period to protect people? Would that explain white peoples lack of melanin from less exposure to the sun and light eyes to better gather the lower light levels? Just wondering…

  • Anonymous

    Finally archeologists are paying attention to this? As a kid we would crawl into one not too far from my house. Nobody knows what they were used for, and people must have been smaller. We called them Schrazl holes, a Schrazl being something like a leprechaun.

  • Jeddermann.

    “our ancestors were much more sophisticated that was once thought”

    Undeniably much more so. And more and more is being discovered all the time. That building at New Grange Ireland is the OLDEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD, OLDER THAN THE PYRAMIDS. Acoustically and astronomically perfect. Acoustically so in that chanters can create vibrations inside the building that can induce hallucinations and acoustic effects as if the “gods” are speaking to you.

  • CanadianShield

    Perhaps as the West crumbles due to the insane liberal paratigm, White people might have to dig new tunnels to survive…

    That said, these works demonstrate that even as far back as the paleolithic our ancestors were capable of great engineering and modifying their natural world on a monumental scale.

  • flyingtiger

    Maybe giant moles created these tunnels, or maybe the Mole Men!

  • Anonymous

    early man lived in caves and underground. therefore, it is not unreasonable to assume that they built these tunnels as passage ways to connect from one home site to the next.

  • Robert Binion

    I thought hard about this last night. Probably not deep enough for relief from bitter cold, could the tunnels have served as a ceremonial “cave,” sort of a pre-Neolithic Stations of the Cross? After three days underground, would one from Mother Earth be born again?

    Bands of marauders would have found it easy to follow watercourses back to isolated encampments. A wise band of nomads would have coveted secret access to a number of springs.

  • Georgia Resident

    This is fascinating. I had always assumed that Europe, especially northern Europe, did not come into its own as a center of great advances and accomplishments until relatively late in history because the receding of the last ice age first affected the Indus valley and middle eastern regions. But apparently European ingenuity was being put to use long before then.

    Even if Al Sharpton weren’t full of excrement when he claimed that the builders of the pyramids were black, this far more impressive accomplishment predates them. Our ancestors were certainly a busy bunch. Of course, if Europe doesn’t repel the threat to its own people, in 10,000 years the half-black, half-Arab mongrels who replace the indigenous Europeans will probably wonder how the ruins of our modern structures came into existence.

  • Anonymous

    #9

    Early man lived in caves and underground. Therefore, it is not unreasonable to assume that they built these tunnels as passage ways to connect from one home site to the next.

    Yes, like the houses of Skara Brea of Orkney.

  • Anonymous

    If these tunnels actually lead to specific destinations the question is how did they guide themselves? Neolithics didn’t have compasses.

    On the other hand

    Can anyone say Tremors 5 – Europe under attack, and the fight to stop the invasion!…. oh wait that would be monster discrimination. we must not do that! Or better yet the leading role would go to a Black or Muslim and he would be the savior of Europe and will have little brown babies and change the face of Europe forever.

  • Whiteplight

    4 — idareya wrote at 8:48 PM on August 11:

    “Hmmmm…The end of the last glacial period was about 12,500 years ago. I wonder if these tunnels were built during the last glacial period to protect people? Would that explain white peoples lack of melanin from less exposure to the sun and light eyes to better gather the lower light levels? Just wondering…”

    Good observation…. We are the Morlocks! But seriously, I too doubt that this meant that you could go from Scotland to Turkey, but it does mean that large frozen regions could be skirted for regions better suited for survival. But whites became white long before the last ice age. The lower light level and lower sun has already been accounted for by scientists and recently and posted on Amren a couple weeks ago. But it is fascinating. Stories like leprechauns and fairies that persist in rural Ireland for example, could be from old memories. Some Irish mythologists, even Yates suggested that it comes from the riddle of the Tuatha de Dannan, the tribe (or tribes) that seemed to disappear, turn “sideways to the sun” when the Celts arrived. This information titillates the imagination. Tolkien’s “orcs” and such are right out of this old European lore of underground life that must have persisted in some areas while others surfaced and reestablished life above ground. Smuggling, (old tradition in the Balkans (lots of natural caves going on for miles), a entire new dimension of our history is waiting to be told.

  • Whiteplight

    To add; As I recall in Greek mythology “Hel” was a real place in an underworld and you crossed the River Styx after paying a boatman to carry you across (clever pennies). That “Hel” was not a bad place until it was linked to a particular religion of Middle Eastern origin, again in order to suppress older beliefs. In the North, we see some evidence in the story of Beowulf. Even though the writer was Christian and it is understood that both Beowulf and Nordic Asatru (Odinism) were given a Christian influenced story line, they could not have deleted or modified the story of the antagonist of the Saxons, a tribe, or the last of a tribe of giants that lived in caves and came out to raid and murder. This information sheds an interesting light on the story of Beowulf, who found some legitimacy for the giants grievances against the Saxons.

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