This one is, in my opinion, one of the most interesting stories to come out of archeology since Gobecki Tepe, and indeed, the two stories may be connected. But we'll get to that later. The story concerns the discovery of an underground network of tunnels.
Nothing unusual about that, of course. After all, cavemen are not called cave men for nothing.
Except that this network of apparent tunnels stretches - possibly - from Scotland to Turkey:
"German archaeologist Dr Heinrich Kusch, in his book ‘Secrets of the Underground Door to an Ancient World’ 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."(Emphasis added)
If Dr. Kusch's hypothesis is correct, that the tunnels of European stone age sites were once part of a continent-spanning network, then it would be similar to claims made for such a network spanning the length of the Andes chain in South America, a network which does exist, though we are uncertain of its precise extent.
The question is, why would such a network have been constructed in the first place, and one answer would be that it may have been in response to some catastrophe or perceived catastrophe. It is, in short, possibly ancient man's underground "continuity of government" or "continuity of culture" network. On this basis, one could perhaps entertain the speculation that such networks represented some ancient "breakaway civilization" network of installations similar in respect to our own civilization's underground bunkers, cities, and research facilities, though the size of the ancient structures is, in most cases, dwarfed by the modern. In this respect, I am struck by the fact that Dr Kusch's tunnels include "seating areas" and "storage chambers," areas where stockpiles of food, weapons, and other essential items were perhaps stored.
In this respect, it is perhaps also worth recalling that such claims for an extensive but unknown European-wide tunnel system were made by various European esotericists in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and that the Nazis actually mounted explorations of some of these networks through the SS Ahnenerbedienst. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately) the Ahnenerbedienst's files remain mostly archived in the US National archives, and therefore, little is known of what these expeditions uncovered, if anything.
In any case, the presence of such networks in Europe and South America would also suggest that whatever these systems were created for, they were perhaps in response to a global "situation," the first manifestation of the underground bunker.
And that, of course, invokes other possibilities of what they were built in response to, or worse, in preparation for.
See you on the flip side.