Apr. 2, 2013 8:49am Billy Hallowell

Italian archeologists have found the “gate to hell”

Naturally, you’re likely wondering what, exactly, this means. Located in Pamukkale, Turkey, the newly-discovered cave was known in ancient times as Pluto’s Gate. And, as Fox News reports, it is a so-called doorway to hell — one that was discussed and revered in Greco-Roman mythology (at that time Pumakkale was known as Hierapolis).

The historic sources who discussed Pluto’s Gate noted that its opening had lethal vapors. For those living in ancient times, this was very naturally a heralded location. Consider Greek geographer Strabo, who lived between 64 or 63 B.C. and 24 A.D, and the descriptives he used to frame the purported “gate to hell.”

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

Archeologists made the recent discovery while excavating in the area and announced their findings earlier this month in Istanbul, Turkey. The team, as Fox News notes, was led by Professor Francesco D’Andria of the University of Salento.
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