defunct sewage system is posing a fatal threat to an ancient
three-story underground city in Noush Abad, near the central
Iranian city of Kashan.
“The local people have dug out wells to dump their sewage and
now not only the whole city of Noushabad is floating on sewage,
but also the leakage is threatening a newly-discovered
underground city, bearing relics from the Sasanid dynasty
(226-651) to the Safavid era (1501-1722),” said Zahra
Sarokhani, head of the research team.
She called on municipality officials to build a new sewage
system as soon as possible because the leakage has damaged some
walls and provided a habitat for pests, estimating the project
would require over $500,000 of public funds.
The city features labyrinth-like architectural structures,
starting 2.5 meters under the surface and running 18 meters
deep. Noush Abad residents had been reporting about underground
corridors and chambers when they were digging wells in their
yards for sewage, since most Iranian cities lack a sewage
Working on the tip-off, archaeologists started digging the area,
but to their chagrin, they failed to find any clue, until during
the second week of excavation, an 18-year-old digger by the name
of Ali Reza Khabbazi did finally discovered something that
turned out to be an underground city, whose three stories are
interconnected by several flights of stairs.
Next year the research team intends to ask sociologists and
anthropologists for help to determine the lifestyle of the