A 10,000 Year Old Hobbit Village In Maymand, Iran

May 31, 2017

Ancient underground dwellings in Maymand, Iran, have provided villagers with shelter from harsh weather for more than 10,000 years.

10000 year old hobbit village in Maymand Iran
Photo credit: Rodolfo Contreras

Sandwiched between a desert and a mountain, Maymand has very cold winters and exceedingly hot summers.

10000 year old hobbit village in Maymand Iran
Photo credit: Rodolfo Contreras

These man-made underground homes were carved out of soft rock and some are still used for housing today.

Of the 400 caves built thousands of years ago, 90 remain intact.

10000 year old hobbit village in Maymand Iran
Photo credit: Rodolfo Contreras

The caves have been updated with electricity, however, there is still no running water. Residents have to collect every drop of water to make a living as their ancestors did.

10000 year old hobbit village in Maymand Iran
Photo credit: Rodolfo Contreras

Only an estimated 150 people populate the village throughout the year.

10000 year old hobbit village in Maymand Iran
Photo credit: Rodolfo Contreras

The majority of the villagers raise cattle on the mountain pastures and bring the animals with them when they migrate to the caves.

10000 year old hobbit village in Maymand Iran
Photo credit: Rodolfo Contreras

10000 year old hobbit village in Maymand Iran
Photo credit: UNESCO

Sources: BBC, Payvand

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