“Cappadocia had been cobwebbed by trade routes in those days and was constantly under attack; the underground cities served as fortification from invaders…What made me curious was that the ancient inhabitants were believed to live underground for months at a time.”

At The Paris Review, Will Hunt writes about his explorations in subterranean colonies, ants, and the Thames Tunnel.

Lisa Dusenbery is the former managing editor of The Rumpus. More from this author →