Archaeology Odyssey 1:4, Fall 1998

The Cave-Dwellers

Cappadocia’s mysterious rock-cut architecture

By Robert Ousterhout

According to Leo the Deacon, a tenth-century Byzantine historian, the inhabitants of the Anatolian province of Cappadocia were troglodytes: “They went underground in holes, clefts, and labyrinths,” he reported. This remote, mysterious people lived “in dens and burrows.”

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