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PaganNewsBeagle Airy Monday April 20

Happy Monday! In today's Airy Monday post we share stories of the ancient past -- hidden beneath our feet. Welcome to the wonderful world of cave cities! (And check out the bonus post on future caves -- off world!) Cave cities: Nottingham, Turkey, Rome, and .... the Moon?

Did you know that the famous city of Nottingham (of "Robin Hood" legend) is actually built on top of a network of more than 500 human-created caverns? These caves might just explain how Robin Hood’s Merry Men came and went from Nottingham Castle so easily. Check out the story here.

This Italian restauranteur just wanted to open a little bar. His search for a sewage pipe, discovered a subterranean world tracing back before the birth of Jesus.

This newly-discovered 5,000 year old cave city in Turkey may be the largest one in the world.

Matera, Italy, may look inhospitable, but people have been settling here for a long time: it is often cited as one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, in a league with Aleppo and Byblos. The caves on which the city is built have been occupied by humans for at least 150,000 years.

The factors which have made caves a home for humans for millennia might make them a potential home in the future, too, at least according to this fascinating proposal.

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