Wednesday, April 3, 2013

News: Gate To Hell Found In Turkey

Archaeologists in Philly, Detroit, and Chuck E Cheese's pack up their tools and go home.

From NBC News.
Pluto's 'Gate to Hell' Uncovered in Turkey

By Rossella Lorenzi
Discovery News

A “gate to hell” has emerged from ruins in southwestern Turkey, Italian archaeologists have announced.

Known as Pluto's Gate -- Ploutonion in Greek, Plutonium in Latin -- the cave was celebrated as the portal to the underworld in Greco-Roman mythology and tradition.

Historic sources located the site in the ancient Phrygian city of Hierapolis, now called Pamukkale, and described the opening as filled with lethal mephitic vapors.

“This space is full of a vapor so misty and dense that one can scarcely see the ground. Any animal that passes inside meets instant death,” the Greek geographer Strabo (64/63 BC -- about 24 A.D.) wrote.

“I threw in sparrows and they immediately breathed their last and fell,” he added.

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  1. And here I thought the gate to hell was somewhere in Utah. Silly me.

  2. This is both fascinating and creepy! Check this off as a travel spot I don't need to visit.

  3. My bathroom is often filled with "lethal mephitic vapors" after the Current Legal Spouse leaves it.



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